Monday 4th December… Standing at the foot of One Thousand Museum, I was left speechless. I must have been numbed with an overwhelming concoction of awe and pride, topped off with a sprinkling of melancholic grief. Not in a thousand dreams, could anyone come as close to the brilliance of the late architect, Dame Zaha Hadid. If I were to make any attempt to describe the emotions that comes with seeing her work, especially One Thousand Museum, it would be a sense of enrichment graced by a majestic brilliance that celebrates nature’s fluidity in the form of cellular structures… Intense, I know!

One Thousand Museum is a high-rise residential condominium located at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. The foundation measures at a record depth of over 170 feet (52m). The 62-story building measures over 709 feet (216m), making it the fourth tallest building in Miami. It was the last project Zaha Hadid worked on before her unexpected death on 31st March, 2016 at the age of 65. Chris Lepine, the Project Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, then completed the project. The building consists of 83 large units priced at double the cost per square foot of nearby condominiums.

These factoids, in my book… or blog, are just secondary to the dynamic curves of One Thousand Museum. which create the framework for the more detailing within. There’s a sense of organic symmetry, by which I mean the symmetry is there, yet it’s not what is most obvious about it. Its multi-faceted structure provides variant angles, so, in effect, the building transforms as you walk around it. True to Zaha Hadid’s signature style, One Thousand Museum stands out leaps and bounds ahead of the rest. It is an immaculate testament to her legendary status.

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Dame Zaha Hadid DBE RA was an Iraqi British architect who was born in Baghdad on 31st October 1950. She started out her career teaching career teaching architecture, first at the Architectural Association, then, at various universities such as the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge University, the University of Chicago, the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Columbia University. She earned her reputation early on, whether it was from her lecturing or from the radical design projects that were widely published in architectural journals but never built. It took awhile for people to get their heads around her ideas before finally people actually got her vision, let alone take a chance spending millions on it.

Hadid was the first woman to receive the Pritzer Architecture Prize in 2004. She also won the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011 and was made a Fame in 2012 for her services to architecture. In 2015, she was the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. The Guardian described her as the “Queen of the curve” who “liberated architectural geometry, giving it a whole new expressive identity.”

Zaha Hadid’s work also includes:

  1. The Aquatic Centre for the London 2012 Olympics
  2. Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum
  3. The Guangzhou Opera House in China.
  4. Beijing Daxing International Airport, China.
  5. Hadid also designed the 2017 Brit Award statuette.
  6. Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, which underwent an array of controversy due to its resemblance to female genitalia.

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Zaha Hadid’s talents knew no bounds, from painting to fashion, jewellery and homewares, her unique and other worldly style has been effectively translated into so many areas of design. Her decorative pieces are not for the faint hearted, but for the geometrical fanatics who have a obsessive appreciation for spacial awareness. For those who dare to be different, here are some of my favourite pieces from zaha-hadid-design.com