Zaha Hadid has scoffed claims, made by Prince Charles at the RIBA last week, that the ‘iconic’ era was at an end
In an interview with the Times, Hadid said it was is far too ‘simplistic’ to suggest that architects would no longer be able to engage in flamboyant design, going to say that iconic schemes such as Foster’s Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, and Richard Rogers’ Pompidou Centre and Lloyds of London were all commissioned during a recession.
‘I think its too simplistic to say there’ll be no more exuberance in architecture,’ she said. ‘It’s too simplistic to say we are all afraid, we can’t do icons, we have to restrain. What does that mean?’
Hadid’s comments come on the back of Prince Charles’ speech at RIBA on Tuesday last week (12 May), during which he claimed the ‘giant experiment with our built environment’ is no longer sustainable.
Last week, the AJ reported that Hadid’s £65 million Guangzhou Opera House, was engulfed in a fire at the construction site. The extent of the damage to the building has not yet been determined.