Zaha Hadid

Chongqing architect accused of copying Zaha Hadid's Beijing building

The Meiquan 22nd Century building planned for Chongqing (right), which shows strong resemblances to a model of Zaha Hadid's design for a shopping and office complex in Beijing (left). Photos: AFP

Already famed for fake designer bags and pirated DVDs, imitation in China may have reached new heights with a set of towers that strongly resemble ones designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

Friday, 4 January, 2013, 9:17am 3 comments

China developer ‘copies’ star architect’s design

A visitor prepares to take a picture of the newly opened Galaxy Soho building, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Already famed for fake designer bags and pirated DVDs, imitation in China may have reached new heights with a set of towers that strongly resemble ones designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

3 Jan 2013 - 8:01pm

From kitsch to cool: Swarovski's message is crystal clear

Nadja Swarovski in a cab in London.

Once known for its crystal animal figurines, Swarovski now collaborates with some of the biggest names in fashion and design. Divia Harilela meets the woman whose creative vision helped revive a family business.

13 Dec 2012 - 11:32pm

The Z factor

The Z-Boat designed by architect Zaha Hadid.

Architect Zaha Hadid has been commissioned to design an eight-metre vessel known as the Z-Boat. Designed for London-based art dealer and writer Kenny Schachter, its asymmetrical shape would look at home in a Batman movie.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:56pm

Modern design in Beijing may not stand test of time

On May 24, as the audience in the National Convention Centre sat waiting for the start of the 2012 Beijing Architecture Forum, a short film featuring the capital's ancient architectural glories played on a wall-to-wall screen.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A kind of MADness

Effortlessly stylish in a simple black shirt and jeans, Ma Yansong sits cradling a cup of tea with a pack of flu medicine nearby. He has just returned to his office, in the heart of a complex of thin ancient alleyways in Beijing, from a work trip to France, and looks tired; like someone who simply doesn't have enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things he would like to.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Curves of steel

People are not used to women speaking their minds, says Zaha Hadid. 'They think you should be mute - if you're not you're difficult and if you have an opinion you are bad tempered.'

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Award-winning architect learning to make the most of advances in technology

The fifth Hong Kong International Art Fair opened its doors for a VIP preview on Wednesday evening, giving guests a chance to meet some renowned artists.

Plenty of women turned up in killer heels despite having to walk around the fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, with its 266 galleries.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am


What: Flintstone stool Why: Go back to the Stone Age with this quirky stool by Kare Design How much: HK$2,999 Where: Aluminium, 36 Cochrane Street, Central, tel: 2546 5904

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Past pleasures

A tourist arrives at the Chek Lap Kok airport after a tiring long-haul flight. He boards the Airport Express and gets off at Central.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Mad world

Having your business name linked with madness might not seem a savvy move, but it has served Ma Yansong well. During the past few years both his name, and that of his small architecture studio, MAD - which stands for Ma Design - has built an enviable reputation.

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Iconic tower to be shrunk after PolyU foregoes appeal

Polytechnic University has decided not to appeal against new restrictions that will see the height of a proposed landmark campus building being cut by a third under new height restrictions for Tsim Sha Tsui.

28 May 2008 - 12:00am

A night of art and couture

For Chanel's Mobile Art project, fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld and architect Zaha Hadid were in town on March 12 to celebrate the Contemporary Art Container on top of the Star Ferry car park.

Inspired by the label's quilted handbag, the evening was a blend of high society and high art, with a couple of European actresses thrown in.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Bag of tricks

Mobile Art, the hottest exhibition in town, has much to do with big names. There is fashion label Chanel, the show's organiser, and there are the artists: Yoko Ono, Nobuyoshi Araki, Pierre et Gilles, Sophie Calle, Stephen Shore, Subodh Gupta, Yang Fudong and Michael Lin, to mention just a few.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Lagerfeld in demand at Chanel container party

Three weeks after opening to the public, Chanel's Mobile Art container was finally christened by impresario Karl Lagerfeld and architect Zaha Hadid (pictured) at a grand fete at the old Star Ferry car park on Wednesday. As you might expect, it was a sea of Chanel black and white jackets and lozenge-patterned bags.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am