Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win a Pritzker Prize, an internationally renowned architect, and the designer of One Thousand Museum, which is currently under construction on Biscayne Boulevard, died today at the age of 65 in Miami. She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week, and suffered a heart attach while being treated in the hospital. The internationally renowned architect had made her mark across the world, with commissions like the Maxxi art museum in Rome and the Olympic Aquatics Center, in London, as well as locally.
She designed One Thousand Museum, a luxury condominium tower held up by its structural exoskeleton, a parking garage rich with folding planes for the City of Miami Beach, and a sculpture in the Design District called Elastika. She designed a custom bathroom for the developer and art collector Craig Robins, in his Miami Beach home. She even entered the competition to design the Miami Beach Convention Center. Finally, she designed the interiors of the apartment she kept here, at the W South Beach. Miami was her second home. At least she died in a city she knew well, surrounded by friends. Zaha (as everyone seems to call her) and Miami were close, and Miami loved Zaha.