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The famous Zaha Hadid brand arrives in Buenos Aires 2018

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Zaha Hadid Architects, the studio that was founded by the great architect who died in 2016, was hired by the Portland group to build an important residential building in Palermo, Buenos Aires.

Five months after the death of the famous British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, one of the great global luminaries of this profession in the last two decades, announced the first work from her local studio in Argentina, which will also be the first in Latin America. The real estate developer Grupo Portland announced that it hired the studio Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), which is still in full activity without its founder, to build a residential tower in Palermo.

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The novelty was announced, without further details, during the 8th Congress of developments and Real estate investments held on August 24th and 25th at the Hilton Puerto Madero as one of the activities parallel to the Expo Real estate. Later, the entrepreneur Gustavo Menayed, head of the Portland group, confirmed the news and gave more details to ARQ on the project.

Global Architect. The British-Iraqi Zaha Hadid (1950-2016). EFE

Global Architect. The British-Iraqi Zaha Hadid (1950-2016). EFE

It will be an important building of high-end homes of 28,000 m2 (ie between 20 and 30 floors) in the neighborhood of Palermo, more exactly in a privileged corner in the area of the Rosedal. The contract with ZHA was signed days ago in the study offices, in London, between architect Patrick Schumacher, the former partner of Zaha and current owner of the studio, and Horacio Bamballi, director of the Portland group.

Considered one of the most brilliant exponents of contemporary architecture, Anglo Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid died on Thursday, March 31 2016 in Miami at 65 years old, when she was in full activity. She suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital where she was to be treated for a condition to the bronchi. Since then, her studio continues with the works of her many unfinished projects, or whose works had not begun at the time of her death.

Posthumous Zaha. Salerno's maritime Terminal, Italy. One of the works that completed the study Zaha Hadid architects after the death of his mentor.

Posthumous Zaha. Salerno’s maritime Terminal, Italy. One of the works that was completed by the studio Zaha Hadid architects after the death of their mentor. 

Completing the Salerno maritime Terminal, one of Zaha Hadid’s first posthumous works

Zaha was born in Baghdad in 1950, graduated from the University of Beirut, Lebanon and established her studio in London in 1979. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize (equivalent to a “Nobel” of Architecture), in 2004, among many other distinctions.  One her most famous works is the aquatic Center of London, which was built for the Olympic Games of 2012, the opera Guangzhou, in China, and the Muse of 21st century Art (MAXXI) in Rome.

Portland is characterized by a company dedicated to the development of real estate, with an integral service of real estate development, project management, and construction. Its founder, Gustavo Menayed, is an authentic self-made man, who in his adolescence was a stand holder in the Feria de San Francisco Solano and a street peddler.

Posthumous Zaha. One Thousand Museum, the residential building projected by Zaha Hadid in Miami, currently under construction.

Posthumous Zaha. One Thousand Museum, the residential building projected by Zaha Hadid in Miami, currently under construction.

After previously dedicating himself to the textile industry, in 2007 he founded a real estate development company, which currently, has 13 developments finished and 17 others underway, which total about 400,000 m2 under development. Among them, a beach resort in Mar Azul that will take the brand of Solanas (the same one of Punta del Este, created by the entrepreneur Daniel Mochón). The project is sited on the premises of the former camping site of this small town in the municipality of Villa Gesell.

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With this project, Buenos Aires would add three works with the stamp of a studio laureate with the Pritzker prize. The first two awards went to the British firm Norman Foster + Partners: The residential building Faena Aleph residences, in Puerto Madero, completed in 2012, and the current headquarters of the Government of Buenos Aires, in Parque Patricios, originally conceived as the seat of the City Bank and Inaugurated in 2015.

Source: The Clarin

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