The world of modern architecture has lost the remarkable, out-of-this-world talent that was "starchitect" Zaha Hadid. In Singapore, we remember the three buildings to her Pritzker Prize-winning name
1. d'Leedon While Zaha Hadid's known for her culturally-inclined projects, her first building in Singapore is residential. A Farrer Road condominium made of seven 36-storey towers with 12 semi-detached villas, the compounds cover an area of approximately eight hectares. While it looks deceptively simple, each tower tapers inwards as they reach the ground, landing with an extended petal shape to create private garden and access features. Communal areas are inspired by distinct components of mountain ranges: Rock, forest, water, foothills and meadow, with pedestrian pathways, pockets of greenery and bodies of water integrated seamlessly in Hadid fashion.
2. Nassim Villas
Showcasing Hadid's signature of bringing together the studies of architecture, landscape and geology, the two villas facing the Singapore Botanical Gardens are both structurally complicated and second nature. Taking a lead from the area's undulating terrain, the meandering pathways and ramps connect the different spaces: From the garage at the lowest level, up to the pool and then to the homes. Both interiors and exteriors employ fluid lines while a cantilever extends the building into the sky in support of a rooftop garden.
3. One North Masterplan Currently under construction, this is a project spanning two decades. Set within the 200-hectare development built for Singapore's biomedical, infocomm and digital media industries, these microenvironments were master planned by Hadid. This extra-terrestrial colony is situated beside the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Science Park, with forms that are malleable at any stage of the development.