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A look at two Zaha Hadid projects set to open this year

April 10, 2016 03:00PM

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

On March 31, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid died at a Miami hospital, where she suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated for bronchitis. She was 65 years old. But that doesn’t mean that we have seen the last of her stunning designs. Here is a look at two of her unfinished projects.

King Abdullah Petroleum Research Centre


The King Abdullah Petroleum Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is currently in the finishing stages, according to Curbed.

Inaugurated by King Salman and designed as a headquarters for KAPSARC, a non-profit organization dedicated to energy research, the building is described as having “a crystalline, organic form.” The design is intended to allow for future expansions that will not compromise the overall aesthetic. Another design perk: the hexagonal buildings create protected inner courtyards that shield workers from the intense sun.

Mathematics Gallery at the Science Museum


Also on its way this year is the Mathematics Gallery at the Science Museum in London.

Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut, and before she passed, she gave back to the mathematical community with a redesigned, math-focused gallery. The new gallery at the Science Museum is meant to “highlight abstract concepts and encourage children to learn about and explore the subject.”

The gallery is expected to open this year. [Curbed] Christopher Cameron