Norman Foster has paid tribute to the ‘globally significant’ architect Zaha Hadid
The Gold Medal-winning architect who died yesterday (31 March) was described by Foster as ‘an individual of great courage, conviction and tenacity’.
‘I am devastated by the news of the loss of Zaha Hadid and cannot comprehend the enormity of her passing away. I became very close to her as a friend and colleague in parallel with my deep respect for her as an architect of immense stature and global significance,’ Foster said.
‘By a strange coincidence some days ago I received an email from one of her clients – someone she had designed a home for. With great pride he sent me about 20 pairs of images. Each pair showed the visualisation that Zaha presented and the reality as finally built. It was a beautiful juxtaposition of what Zaha promised and what she delivered. I was so looking forward to sharing with her these intimate insights. Tragically that will never happen.
‘I think it was Zaha’s triumph to go beyond the beautiful graphic visions of her sculptural approach to architecture into reality that so upset some of her critics. She was an individual of great courage, conviction and tenacity. It is rare to find these qualities tied to a free creative spirit. That is why her loss is so profound and her example so inspirational. And, besides, she was my dear friend.’
Foster was among many architects who led tributes to the architect; others included Amanda Levete, David Chipperfield and Odile Decq. Hadid’s sudden death has rocked the profession, with many taking to social media to express their thoughts on the ‘inspirational’ architect.