Sheikha Moza of Qatar pictured with Zaha Hadid at the opening of a building designed by Hadid at St Antony’s College, Oxford.
The wife of the former Emir of Qatar gave a very interesting speech where the talks about Islam and the way the religion is viewed in the Western Word:
“Let me remind you, however, that Islam has never been monolithical, but
has from the start been a vast container for diverse cultures and
ethnicities. The homogenisation of Muslims into a fearful and unknowable
‘other’, separate from the beauty and nobility of Islam and its
civilisation, is at the root of Muslim-phobia.”
Can’t find the rest of her speech but you can see little snippets on her Instagram account. You can read little parts of her speech here and here.
OMG! Sheikha Mozah made m wish list come true by wearing the fabulous
black couture jumpsuit from Jean Paul Gaultier Fall Winter 2014
collection. If you follow me on Tumblr, then you may remember I made a
Sheikha Mozah “2015 New Year’s resolution” list and picked this jumpsuit for her (here). Sheikha Mozah with the
Dame Zaha Hadid outside the “Investcorp Building” at St. Antony’s
College, Oxford. She looked absolutely gorgeous and fierce in this look,
have to admit her body looks amazing! Cant wait to see her wearing more
pieces from my wish list.
Zaha Hadid, with Giovanni Scacchi. “An interpretation of the Ideal House pavilion commissioned in 2007, the ZHA doll’s house is a puzzle offering many possibilities to play and experiment in creating an endless variety of unique compositions. Voids are interpreted as new unique rooms or courtyards for dolls to inhabit.” Noce Canaletto Americano wood, Perspex. Winning bid: £14,000
From a client brief that originally called for 12 homogenous residential towers, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has proposed an alternative community-orientated design comprised of a low-rise, yet high-density residential building of 981 apartments with accommodation around three sides of the rectangular site. Each side of the building has been shaped to optimize its environmental orientation, creating a sequence of interconnected internal and external courtyards, gardens and public spaces for both residents and neighbours.
By gradually fragmenting the overall volume of the design, its relationship with its context is customised to become solid in some areas and permeable in others. This transition from solid to porous reflects the extreme contrasts which characterise the surrounding urban fabric: from the noisy commercial side with its eight-lane motorway; to the quiet, low-density suburban developments that spread to the base of the mountains in the distance. Adapting to these varied adjacencies gives the project many different degrees of integrated public and private open spaces.