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In pictures: Zaha Hadid's China legacy

The legend has passed, but the beautiful buildings remain

Zaha Hadid's design for Beijing's new airport. Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects
Architect Dame Zaha Hadid, whose work includes some of the world's most iconic buildings, died in Miami yesterday at the age of 65.

Hadid suffered a sudden heart attack on Thursday after being admitted to hospital for bronchitis a week earlier.

The British-Iraqi designer was the first woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Royal British Institute of Architects gold medal.

Known as the 'queen of the curve', the world-renowned architect was recognised for her sleek, neofuturistic buildings – many of which are in Beijing and elsewhere in China.

In her honour, below are some of her amazing buildings in the Mainland in drool-inducing pictures. Zaha may no longer be with us, but her incredible structures will live long in the imaginations of Beijingers.

RIP Zaha Hadid.

Beijing International Airport Terminal 1


This structure will be the main terminal at the airport being built 30 miles south of Beijing, currently known as Daxing Airport, which is due to be completed in 2018. The airport is expected to become the busiest in the world, which is no surprise considering the structure will be the biggest airport terminal in the world. The 7.5 million sqm space will process around 125,000 passengers a day when fully operational.

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Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

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Wangjing Soho


One of the city's most striking buildings, Wangjing Soho officially opened in 2014. Hadid said it was intended to be both 'a welcome and farewell to Beijing'.

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Galaxy Soho

This Soho complex of shops and offices was designed as a modern riff on the classic Beijing courtyard and its 'immersive, enveloping experience'.

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Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

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Guangzhou Opera House


Hadid's 'double pebble' design for the Guangzhou cultural centre, completed in 2010, cost 1.38 billion RMB. Worth every jiao.

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Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Arts Center


The landmark cultural centre in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, is currently in the pipeline. Let's hope we see it come to fruition. It's a beaut.

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Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

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Credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

City of Dreams Hotel Tower, Macau


Okay, so not technically in the Mainland, but this incredible hotel in Macau is worthy of inclusion for its insane Bird's Nest Stadium-like mesh. The structure is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in 2017.

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