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

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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!

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China's New Tianjin Binhai Library is Breathtaking—and Full of Fake Books
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A massive new library in Tianjin, China, is gaining international fame among bibliophiles and design buffs alike. As Arch Daily reports, the five-story Tianjin Binhai Library has capacity for more than 1 million books, which visitors can read in a spiraling, modernist auditorium with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Several years ago, municipal officials in Tianjin commissioned a team of Dutch and Japanese architects to design five new buildings, including the library, for a cultural center in the city’s Binhai district. A glass-covered public corridor connects these structures, but the Tianjin Binhai Library is still striking enough to stand out on its own.

The library’s main atrium could be compared to that of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum in New York City. But there's a catch: Its swirling bookshelves don’t actually hold thousands of books. Look closer, and you’ll notice that the shelves are printed with digital book images. About 200,000 real books are available in other rooms of the library, but the jaw-dropping main room is primarily intended for socialization and reading, according to Mashable.

The “shelves”—some of which can also serve as steps or seating—ascend upward, curving around a giant mirrored sphere. Together, these elements resemble a giant eye, prompting visitors to nickname the attraction “The Eye of Binhai,” reports Newsweek. In addition to its dramatic main auditorium, the 36,000-square-foot library also contains reading rooms, lounge areas, offices, and meeting spaces, and has two rooftop patios.

Following a three-year construction period, the Tianjin Binhai Library opened on October 1, 2017. Want to visit, but can’t afford a trip to China? Take a virtual tour by checking out the photos below.

A general view of the Tianjin Binhai Library
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People visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A general view of China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A woman taking pictures at China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A man visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A woman looking at books at China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A general view of China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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People visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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[h/t Newsweek]

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One of Gaudí's Most Famous Homes Opens to the Public for the First Time
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Visiting buildings designed by iconic Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí is on the to-do list of nearly every tourist passing through Barcelona, Spain, but there's always been one important design that visitors could only view from the outside. Constructed between 1883 and 1885, Casa Vicens was the first major work in Gaudí's influential career, but it has been under private ownership for its entire existence. Now, for the first time, visitors have the chance to see inside the colorful building. The house opened as a museum on November 16, as The Art Newspaper reports.

Gaudí helped spark the Catalan modernism movement with his opulent spaces and structures like Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and La Sagrada Familia. You can see plenty of his architecture around Barcelona, but the eccentric Casa Vicens is regarded as his first masterpiece, famous for its white-and-green tiles and cast-iron gate. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Casa Vicens is a treasured part of the city's landscape, yet it has never been open to the public.

Then, in 2014 the private Spanish bank MoraBanc bought the property with the intention of opening it up to visitors. The public is finally welcome to take a look inside following a $5.3 million renovation. To restore the 15 rooms to their 19th-century glory, designers referred to historical archives and testimonies from the descendants of former residents, making sure the house looked as much like Gaudí's original work as possible. As you can see in the photos below, the restored interiors are just as vibrant as the walls outside, with geometric designs and nature motifs incorporated throughout.

In addition to the stunning architecture, museum guests will find furniture designed by Gaudí, audio-visual materials tracing the history of the house and its architect, oil paintings by the 19th-century Catalan artist Francesc Torrescassana i Sallarés, and a rotating exhibition. Casa Vicens is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. General admission costs about $19 (€16).

An empty room in the interior of Casa Vicens

Interior of house with a fountain and arched ceilings

One of the house's blue-and-white tiled bathrooms

[h/t The Art Newspaper]

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