Next Miracles of Architecture in 21 Century by Zaha Hadid Architects.


Founded by the late Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) in London when she was 38 years old, Zaha Hadid Architects gained a reputation for futuristic structures that landed with grace and alien obscurity in their contexts. Her practice spawned the epic creations of the Phaeno Science Centre and the Bergisel Ski Jump, and later shaped the visions of London Aquatics Centre and Port House in Antwerp. Work continues, with Patrik Schumacher at the helm, and in the last couple of years ZHA has continued to transport us (even further) with completed projects such as Morpheus Hotel in Macau and Riyadh’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center. Here we take a look at what’s to come...

Opus Dubai, UAE

Scheduled completion: 2019
Status: under construction

Located near the Burj Khalifa, The Opus comprises two separate towers that coalesce into a singular tower and take on the form of a cube. The cube is carved to create an eight-storey, freeform void that becomes a new building in its own right, providing views from the centre to the exterior of the main building.


The two towers are linked by a four-storey atrum at ground level, with a connecting bridge 71m above the ground and 38m long. The building will house the first ‘ME by Melia’ hotel in the Middle East as well as 12 restaurants, a rooftop bar and office space.


Leeza SOHO,Beijing, China

Scheduled completion: 2019
Status: under construction

An anchor for the Lize Financial Business District, a new business, residential and transport hub in Beijing, the Leeza Soho is located directly above a new interchange station, also currently under construction. The tower rises as a single volume, yet at its base it straddles the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides its site. The building will contanig the ‘world’s tallest’ central atrium that extends 190m through the full height of the building, following the building’s design as it twists 45 degrees. The new atrium is destined to be a new public space for the city.

The building which holds office and retail space is a collaboration between Zaha Hadid Architects and Soho China. It will have an outdoor, public piazza surrounding it, the shape echoing the shape of the tower. The twist of the building allows natural light and multiple viewing points of Beijing from all floors. Sky bridges across the structural rings and a double insulated glass façade unites the two parts of the tower together.



Sberbank Technopark
Moscow, Russia

Scheduled completion: 2019
Status: design detail

In Russia’s equivalent to Silicon Valley, the Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, will be the home to new laboratories and campuses for IT, biomedical, energy, nuclear and space research. ZHA’s client, Sberbank, was established in 1841 and is a market leader of the Russian banking and economic circulatory system. 

The 262,000sq m Sberbank Technopark will accommodate 1700 employees working in Sberbank’s information technology and marketing departments. The design resulted from an analysis of the varied work processes and arrangements of the bank and will enable the team to pilot innovations and prototypes from the site.


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