Architecture & Design

Zaha Hadid Skyscraper to Replace Downtown BP Station (Photos)

Downtown Miami's about to get another exciting upgrade. Renowned architect Zaha Hadid will design her first skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere across from the new Museum Park, investors Gregg Covin and Louis Birdman announced yesterday.

The new tower will rise at 1000 Biscayne Blvd., on the site of the current BP gas station. And while that'll make it a bit more difficult to fill up your tank as you drive through downtown Miami, we're getting a building designed by arguably the most important architect alive today.

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Even if you don't know Zaha Hadid by name, you probably recognize her work. Hadid designed the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well of dozens of structures, mostly in Europe. Hadid was the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, and has also received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.

The Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Eli and Edythe Board Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan, are her only two designs in the U.S. The 1000 Biscayne design will be Hadid's first skyscraper in the country, or anywhere else in the western hemisphere.

Designs for the Hadid's new building will be released in early 2013, Curbed Miami reports. In the meantime, check out a few more examples of Hadid's work.

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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