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London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid is perhaps best known (at least in fashion circles) as the woman behind the Chanel Mobile Art Pavillon, in all its futuristic and curvaceous glory. Commissioned by the recently tumultuous city of London to design a swimming and watersport center for the 2012 Summer Olympics in England, Hadid recently leapt back into action. Using her signature respect for geometric shapes and a healthy slathering of state-of-the-art glass panels, Zaha Hadid and her firm managed to construct a truly beautiful, undulating ode to flowing water. Planned on an orthogonal axis directly perpendicular to the Stratford City Bridge, the building houses three pools (all aligned on the same axis), a fully retractable roof, and enough room for 17,500 spectators. Beautiful work from an architect who has become known for her futuristic yet strikingly organic aesthetic.

Source: ArchDaily

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