Zaha Hadid’s South Beach Condo Hits the Market for $10 Million

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

On March 31, 2016, the design world lost one of its true visionaries with the death of Zaha Hadid, the famed architect who put her distinctive mark on some of the world’s most famous buildings, including the London Aquatics Center for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Often referred to as the “Queen of the Curve,” Hadid—who was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal in architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architects—is being honored today with a Google Doodle. But for architecture aficionados who have some cash to spare (well, a lot of cash to spare), there’s an even better way to get up close and personal with Zaha Hadid’s work: Buy her Miami Beach condo.

“Perfectly capturing the electric moods of South Beach, Zaha Hadid's private residence is sited for sunny days above a world-famous beach and nights within walking distance of equally world-class clubs and restaurants,” reads the listing for the three-bedroom, four-bathroom oceanfront condo, located within the swank W South Beach hotel. “Its enviable position wrapping the southeast edge of the dynamic, ocean-facing W hotel captures prevailing sea breezes while commanding the finest views of both ocean and beach from the height of the coconut palms.”

Measuring 2299 square feet, the condo features amazing ocean views from almost every angle, with balconies wrapping around most of the residence. And Hadid’s unique style can be seen in every detail, as she completely redesigned the condo when she purchased it in 2009.

According to The Rex Hamilton Corporation, which is listing the property, “It is well known that Zaha Hadid dearly loved living in her residence in Miami Beach and to celebrate her favorite home away from home, she filled it with her favorite extraordinary furniture creations and art which reflects the light and energy of her home. When looking at the objects she selected for her apartment, one gets a sense that they were created especially and exactly for here—in particular the dining room table and its cocktail table twin which dramatically capture the tropical sunshine from the terraces. But for Zaha Hadid it was also a place to reflect and recharge the creative batteries of arguably the most important woman architect of our era.”

For more information on the property, you can visit the full listing here, or watch the video preview below. Welcome home!

Europe's First Underwater Restaurant Is Now Taking Reservations

MIR, Snøhetta
MIR, Snøhetta

The choppy waters off Norway's coast may not seem like the most relaxing dining atmosphere, but thanks to the work of the architecture firm Snøhetta, the North Sea is now home to the region's hottest new restaurant. Under, Europe first underwater restaurant (and the world's largest), opens next year, as Forbes reports—and reservations are already filling up fast.

From the shore, Under looks like some sort of toppled ruin jutting out of the water. Guests enter at sea-level, then descend to the champagne bar and finally to the 100-person dining room, which is submerged 18 feet beneath the ocean's surface. From their seats, diners can gaze through the restaurant's 36-foot-by-13-foot panoramic window. Lighting installed both inside the room and along the seabed outside illuminates nearby marine life, providing a stunning underwater show any time of day or night.

A rendering of the top of Under jutting out of the ocean
MIR, Snøhetta

In addition to designing Under to be a breathtaking experience, Snøhetta built the restaurant to durable. The building's 3-foot thick walls protect guests and staff from water pressure and violent tides. The architects were so sure of the restaurant's safety that they intentionally built it in notoriously rough waters near the town of Båly off Norway's southern coast. According to Snøhetta's senior architect Rune Grasdal, a storm is the best time to dine if guests want a truly dramatic view.

A rendering of the exterior of the underwater restaurant
MIR, Snøhetta

The over-the-top atmosphere will be accompanied by a world-class meal. The seasonal menu comes from Danish chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard and dishes are served over the course of three-and-a-half to four hours.

Under doesn't open to the public until April 2019, but the restaurant is already taking reservations. Adventurous diners can attempt to book a table here, or, for parties larger than eight, email the restaurant.

[h/t Forbes]

David Hockney Designed Westminster Abbey's Newest Stained Glass Window—on an iPad

Westminster Abbey, YouTube
Westminster Abbey, YouTube

Westminster Abbey just got a new stained glass window whose colorful depiction of a country path contrasts starkly with the surrounding Gothic architecture. As The Guardian reports, famed 81-year-old British pop artist David Hockney sketched the scene of blossoming hawthorn on his iPad, then a 10-person team from Barley Studio in York, England installed the stained glass and brought his vision to life. The window, which replaced a section of "mostly blank" glass, is over 27 feet tall and nearly 11.5 feet wide.

It is called the Queen's Window, having been commissioned to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. As for Her Majesty, no word yet on whether or not she likes it. "The Queen very often doesn't give you a very strong reaction," John Hall, the Dean of Westminster, told The Guardian. But Hall praised the newest addition to the church for having "an amazing brightness and clarity" and being a celebration of something the Queen has long loved: the countryside.

"It is wonderful to have something which is utterly contemporary from one of the greatest artists of the Queen's reign," Hall said.

It was certainly a bold choice, and as with much pop art, not everyone loves the end result. Dr. James Alexander Cameron, a freelance art and architectural historian who runs the blog Stained Glass Attitudes, wrote on Twitter, "I mean it depends on the quality of the actual glass but I think David Hockney might have topped Hugh Easton for 'worst window in Westminster Abbey.'"

Easton, the late artist Cameron is referring to, created six stained glass windows for Westminster Abbey. One window, dedicated in 1947, pays tribute to soldiers who fought in the Battle of Britain seven years prior. Two others, in a section called Cheyneygates, depict a wreath of roses and famed ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn.

This marks the first time in Hockney's nearly 60-year career that one his artworks has been rendered on stained glass. He's considered one of the most influential British artists of the past century, and, according to The New York Times, if a scheduled Christie's auction next month of one of his 1972 works sells for its $80 million estimate, he'll become the world's most expensive living artist.

[h/t The Guardian]

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