Port House, a new headquarters for Antwerp, Belgium's port operations, opened in mid-September, making it one of the first projects to be completed by Zaha Hadid Architects following the untimely death of its founder, Zaha Hadid. The new facility houses some 500 employees of the port in a glass-and-steel zepellin perched atop a historic (and protected) fire station at the port's edge.
Writing for The New York Times, ARCHITECT contributor Joseph Giovannini remarks on the four-story, 60,000-square-foot addition's lightness as being part of what defined the late Hadid's design oeuvre and codifies the DNA of the firm: "From the beginning of her career, Ms. Hadid lofted her buildings, defying gravity: Air has been her design habitat ... The whole volume lists like a ship under sail, capturing the movement of a boat that, counterintuitively, looks as though it’s suspended in dry dock. "
Giovannini also addresses the question of firm succession within Zaha Hadid Architects. He asks vocal parametricist and Brexit proponent Patrik Schumacher, now the firm's principal owner, about the firm's leadership strategy prior to and following Ms. Hadid's passing; the firm has won several more commissions since she died in March, and has dozens more in the pipeline.
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