Famed Architect Zaha Hadid has Died. She Left Behind These 17 Jaw-Dropping Buildings.

 

Known as the "Queen of the Curve," Hadid was born in Baghdad and lived primarily in the U.K., where she established herself as one of the most dominant, innovative British architects of the 20th and 21st centuries. In an industry where just 12% of female British architects are partners in firms, Hadid refused to take no for an answer — and her persistence paid off.

She was the first woman to win both the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal — two of the biggest architecture awards in the world.

"Among architects emerging in the last few decades, no one had any more impact than she did. She fought her way through as a woman," fellow architect Richard Rogers told The Guardian. We all like to think that, when we die, we'll leave behind a lasting legacy. In reality, most of us are lucky to leave behind so much as a cool couch and $47.

Here's what Hadid left behind:

1. Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China

 

Photo by Mr a/Wikimedia Commons.

2. Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain

 

Photo by Juan E De Cristofaro/Flickr.

3. Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany

 

Photo by Richard Bartz/Wikimedia Commons.

4. Maggie's Centres at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Scotland

 

Photo by Duncan Cumming/Wikimedia Commons.

5. MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, Italy

 

Photo by selbst/Wikimedia Commons.

6. Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck, Austria

 

Photo by Lindsey Nicholson/Flickr.

7. Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

 

Photo by Kremerbi/Wikimedia Commons.

8. Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany

 

Photo by Sandstein/Wikimedia Commons.

9. Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan

 

Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images.

10. BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany

 

Photo by Grombo/Wikimedia Commons.

11. Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

 

Photo by cdschock/Flickr.

12. London Aquatics Centre in London, England

 

Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.

13. Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland

 

Photo by Eoin/Wikimedia Commons.

14. Galaxy SOHO in Beijing, China

 

Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Getty Images.

15. Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, England

 

Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

16. CMA CGM Tower in Marseille, France

 

Photo by Boris Horvat/Getty Images.

17. Vienna University of Economics Library and Learning Centre in Vienna, Austria

Originally posted by: Eric March, Upworthy.com

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