These Zaha Hadid Buildings Will Open Posthumously This Year

Long live Zaha.

Though Zaha Hadid unexpectedly passed away on March 31, the prolific architect is still introducing new work to the world. Her firm, which will still operate under the name Zaha Hadid Architects, has 36 projects on the boards in 21 different countries. (Moreover, Hadid herself designed smaller side projects that are still trickling out, like a table for Sawaya & Moroni, which debuted during the Milan Furniture Fair last week.)


In a New York Times story, senior partner and 28-year veteran of the firm Patrik Schumacher said the challenge now is guiding the firm’s evolution while honoring Hadid’s legacy: “We want to tell the world that we’re still a viable, vibrant address for major work of cultural importance.”

These four projects in Italy, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom are the closest to completion–and a testament to her enduring impact (not to mention the slow pace of construction):


Salerno Marine Terminal

Located about 30 miles south of Naples, Salerno is a popular tourist destination. The city decided it was time to build new infrastructure to support the throngs of travelers that arrive by cruise ship and ferry. Intended to be a modern gateway to the Amalfi coast, the Marine Terminal, which opens April 25, is based on an oyster metaphor: a “hard shell that encloses soft, fluid elements within,” the firm describes.

Port House, Antwerp

An adaptive reuse project that merges an old fire station with a new addition, the Port House will function as the new HQ for Antwerp’s Port Authority, which has a staff of 500. With its faceted, asymmetrical facade clad in glass, the hulking volume is a nod to Antwerp’s history as a diamond-trading hub. It’s slated to open in September 2016.



King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh

Though it’s scheduled to be completed in October 2016, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center‘s design was conceived with future expansion in mind. Thanks to its irregular crystalline structure, new additions can be added to the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, structure seamlessly.


Mathematics Gallery at the Science Museum, London

Math is an abstract concept–and Hadid’s firm was tasked with creating a space that would help Science Museum goers engage with the subject. One of the space’s permanent installations is a 1929 airplane, and the Mathematics Gallery‘s form is an abstraction of the airflow patterns the plane would create while flying. Its expected opening date is December 2016.

All Image: via Zaha Hadid Architects


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Diana Budds is a New York–based writer covering design and the built environment.