BMW & Zaha Hadid: A Long lasting Bond of Innovation

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You might have heard about Zaha Hadid, the late Iraqi architect and one of the greatest architects in the last decade, but do you know that she and the German automaker BMW have a very strong bond that shall last forever despite her death in 2016?

“The Queen of the curves” as she was called by the media was famous for her innovative futuristic architecture characterized by curvy sharp angles, and severe materials such as concrete and steel.

Along her career her work has been honored by a long list of awards, the most iconic prizes were:

  • In 2004 she was the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious award in architecture.
  • In 2010 and 2011 she received the Stirling Prize, a British decoration for excellence in architecture.
  • In 2014, she won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award for the design of her Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre.
  • In 2015 she became the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The bond that binds BMW and the Queen of the curves

In 2002 she won the competition to design a new administrative building for the factory of the German auto maker BMW in Leipzig, Germany.

The building included three assembly buildings adjoining it, and they were designed by other architects.

Her design served as the entrance and what she called the "nerve center" of the complex. She connected the three separate production buildings together on the German car brand's manufacturing complex in Leipzig.

The building includes offices and meeting rooms for the company's design, management and administrative departments, it also hosts a large elevated conveyor that moves hundreds of cars through the building every day from one production stage to another.

The new administrative building for the factory of the auto maker BMW in Leipzig was praised by the media when it was finished in 2005, as it was a prime example of how Hadid's distinctive architectural language was.

Zaha Hadid died unexpectedly in March 2016 following a heart attack, after achieving a great working career; her energy and ideas have shown even greater promise for the future.

Many of her designs are still under construction; she passed away one year ago, but with her designs and her creativity she shall be in our “eyes” forever through her magnificent late and ongoing innovations.