Sadly, Zaha Hadid passed away in March,2016. Fortunately, though, this hasn’t stopped her designs from continuing. 36 projects were either under construction or in the final drawing stage at the untimely and unexpected time of Hadid’s death. With her talented team taking the reins, these projects have continued, and more are coming.
Zaha Hadid Architects is striving to extend Hadid’s inextingushable legacy. One important project was Port House, in Antwerp, which opened in September,2016. ZHA won an open competition to adapt and expand a turn-of-the-century fire house into an office building for the city’s port. This building was meant to consolidate all 500 port employees into one building, as previously, they were scattered throughout the city in various locations. The addition is a mass of triangular windows, which reference the city’s historic diamond trade, sitting partially atop the brick clad fire-house. It’s askew of the fire house, drawing the eye with it as light ripples off the triangular windows. The daring cantilever projects past the fire house and past the high heel support that carries the remaining weight. Another success for ZHA!