Among Hadid’s most recent projects is the MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, which opened to the public in May 2010 and proved extremely popular, with almost 80,000 visitors to the museum in its first month of opening. The public’s admiration of the MAXXI was underscored by awards from professional bodies worldwide; including two of architecture’s highest accolades, the ‘World Building of the Year’ at the World Architecture Festival and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) ‘Stirling Prize’.
The Evelyn Grace Academy, London opened in September 2010. Designed for 1,200 students, Zaha Hadid’s first completed educational project was described by the Financial Times as a ‘theatrical and wonderful building... as ambitious, as serious and as committed as the education the school aims to provide.’
In the coming year, several further examples of Zaha Hadid’s work will open to the public including the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi, the CMA CGM Headquarters tower in Marseille and the Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport.