It was announced today that Dame Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (in 2004), has bought the Design Museum building in Shad Thames. Hadid, whose practice ZHA designed the winged Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics, purchased the iconic modernist site for a reported £10m and will gain access to the building when the Museum moves to its new Holland Park site in 2015.
The Iraqi-British architect, whose work was showcased in the museum in 2007, explained that the space will continue to display ‘the research and innovation of global collaborations in art, architecture and design’.
ZHA should be well prepared for running the museum as they recently opened an exhibition space in Goswell Road, Clerkenwell. Before its conversion in 1989, the Design Museum, located on the south bank of the Thames, was a 1940s banana trading warehouse. We look forward to its next, less fruity incarnation. Kitty Knowles
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