A selection of Zaha Hadid's most memorable projects.
1983 The Peak
Hong Kong, China
This proposed private club and flats in the hills of Kowloon is Hadid's 'breakthrough' project. Her striking paintings of the building bring her global attention.
1993 Vitra Fire Station
Weil am Rhein, Germany
Finally, the unusual shapes and angles that are typical of Hadid's work come to life in her first built project.
1996 Cardiff Opera House
Hadid wins a competition to design the opera house, but the project never gets off the ground. It lacks support and funding from the government.
2002 Bergisel ski jump
More that a mere ski jump, it incorporates a sports facility, a viewing terrace and a cafe, and draws attention to itselft and blends into the mountain backdrop.
2003 Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art
Hadid becomes the first woman to design an American museum. She uses an 'urban carpet' technique - a continous surface between the street and the wall inside.
2004 BMW Plant
The 'nerve-centre' of the factory, all threads of the building's activities convene here, just as the production line of cars' chassis runs through this area.
2005 Phaeno Science Centre
'The visitor is faced with a degree of complexity and strangeness, which is ruled by a very specific system of structural organisation,' says Hadid.
ca. 2012 London Aquatics Centre
Designed for the 2012 Olympics, the building's shape is inspired by the movement of water and its proximity to the river.
(Projected) Guangzhou Opera House
Twin 'boulders' situated by the river, it is expected to be the thrid-biggest theatre in China.