The Haydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku, Azerbaijan is yet another Hadid creation. However, the building is considered more than just a building. Many consider the structure to play a crucial role in the city of Baku, with modern form and design elevating the entire neighborhood, pushing the city further toward urbanization. The building seems to flow out of the ground itself with fluid edges and a glass facade. Definitely one your mortgage adviser would enjoy.
The Madrid Civil Courts of Justice building is defined by its movement. The floating, rotating rings that envelop the structure add a dynamic nature to a slower, boring setting. Worried about the your electricity bill? Don't cancel your home phone internet bundle quite yet; the structure actually is equipped with many environmentally conscious features as well, included integrated photovoltaic cells and natural ventilation and temperature regulation.
The Performing Arts Center is less a building and more of a work of art for Zaha Hadid Architects. This waterfront facility hosts five theaters, a music hall, a concert hall, and an opera house. Ten floors of creativity seems to have flung itself out to sea and is slowly oozing into the water. Just a suggestion -- the bottom of the ocean isn't a great place to have a paid home phone internet bundle.
Tokyo is often known for its futuristic architecture, and the New National Stadium certainly lives up to Japan's reputation for being technologically savvy. Another sports venue by Zaha Hadid Architects, this new stadium is currently undergoing construction and will be done by 2018. The stadium boasts 80,000 seats and sports (no pun intended) flowing curves on its roof that conjures the image of a spaceship sitting in the middle of downtown Tokyo.
The London Aquatics Center is the most popular of Hadid's projects. The building was described by Jacques Rogge, IOC President, as a 'masterpiece'. Inspiration of the building includes the flowing movement of water, as well as interesting geometric curves to draw the eye and stand out from the angular uniformity of London. Definitely one of the more famous examples of futuristic architecture.
Another beautiful German structure is the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg. Hadid's creation was completed in 2005 and won the 2006 RIBA European Award. This building is appreciated by people all over the world (as you and your mortgage adviser should too), and locked in Hadid as one of the best architects on the planet. It was even considered so inspirational and revolutionary that it was deemed one of the '7 wonders of the Modern World' built after 2000.