Zaha Hadid is a starchitect, a fairly recent term for an architect who has become a bit of a celebrity, amongst architects but also to the general public. With an Iraqi-British background Zaha Hadid buildings are now rising up across the globe. Her website claims, 950 projects in 44 countries. Her buildings are futuristic, curved and squash any traditional ideas of what a building should look like.
One of her projects due to be completed this year is in one of the major shopping areas in Seoul, South Korea. According to the architects website, Dongdaemun Design Park and Plaza will be an
inspiring hub providing an important link between the contemporary culture, historic artefacts and emerging nature at the centre of Dongdaemun, Seoul. A learning resource for designers and members of the public combined with an urban oasis for leisure, relaxation and refuge, its continuous landscape promotes fluid thinking across all design disciplines.
The 85,000 square metre plaza will comprise a design museum, library and educational facilities. Part of the park appears completed but the main curved structure is still under construction as the photos below show.