What will happen to Zaha Hadid’s Australian projects?

urban designerThe architecture community today is mourning the loss of one of it’s most formidable talents, Dame Zaha Hadid, after she died of a heart attack at age 65.

Developers behind her two projects in Queensland, Sunland Group, said it was an honour to collaborate with Hadid on her first Australian projects — Grace on Coronation in Brisbane and the proposed redevelopment of Mariner’s Cove the Gold Coast.

“She was truly one of the most creative designers of our generation and leaves behind a legacy of unique architectural works that will inspire generations,” said Sunland Group Managing Director, Sahba Abedian. “It is also a sad day for architecture, who lost one of its pioneering thinkers. Our thoughts are with her family, loved ones, colleagues and collaborators at this very sad time.”

Grace on Coronation received Development Approval from Brisbane City Council in 2015. It is currently before the court following an objection from a neighbouring property. The Group’s Development Application for The Mariner is before Gold Coast City Council for their final determination.

Practically, Abedian told Vogue Living he does not expect too much to change. “She has had a lifelong partnership with Patrick Schumacher and there are of course the partners within her practice, so ultimately the practice will continue to endure. Hopefully these projects will continue to receive the approvals and they will be able to make an important contribution to the urban landscapes of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.”

It’s now even more important to the firm to see the projects completed. “There is a more compelling sense now to see this work come to fruition.”

“There is no doubt the the contribution she has made in architecture and design, is one that will endure in many years to come.” To read more click here.

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