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Hadid to design two top-secret London projects

It seems Zaha Hadid is about to begin building big in Britain, after it emerged she has been lined-up to design two new projects in London.

The Iraqi-born architect, who first arrived in the UK in 1971, has notoriously struggled to get her projects built on these shores despite a raft of high-profile completed developments overseas.

However, Hadid has recently been asked to design a mixed-use commercial and housing scheme on a top-secret plot in London as well as a 'unique' house on an even more secretive site in 'one of [the capital's] most esteemed neighbourhoods.'

The client behind these commissions is the American art dealer, and long-time friend, Kenny Schachter.

The pair have already teamed up on the modest Hoxton Square gallery and a housing project in Shoreditch, east London (pictured) which, due to the changes to her Architecture Foundation building, is set to become Hadid's first completed scheme in England ( Cost rises as plans for Zaha's Architecture Foundation building swell ).

Over the last few years Schachter has also turned to the Pritzker-prize winning architect to design a pavilion for his Art-Basel pavilion in Miami and, unusually, an eco-friendly three-wheeled car.

by Richard Waite

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