Evaluation of curvilinear structural systems used by Zaha Hadid’s architecture

  • Rasha Tarboush Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Ayten Özsavaş Akçay Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Keywords: Curved forms; curvilinear forms; curvilinear structures; form-structure relationship; Zaha Hadid designs


The fundamental of the curved architectural design is based on blending the architecture with the surrounding environment. Architects and engineers have been inspired the curved forms such as arch; vault and dome from nature, where they have been use it in their designs to create large spans. The architects developed the curved forms by integrated the curved forms to create unique form and to pass larger spans than previous, where the “curvilinear” term has been launched to describe these forms. But professionals have already faced a challenge in the construction of the curvilinear forms, because of the difficulty of implementing them. Architects have been used the curvilinear forms by different materials, strategies, styles, and other diversities, which give each architect his/her own features. Zaha Hadid was one of those architects, she designed her projects depending on the properties, history, civilization, traditions, and population movement affiliated to the project site; which helped to form and diversify her projects. This research aims to clarify the different types of curvilinear structures which have been used in Zaha Hadid’s buildings, where the research will focus on the curvilinear architectural buildings designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, where six curvilinear buildings with different spans, areas and heights will be studied, while these curvilinear buildings characterized by fluidity and complexity namely London Aquatics Center in UK (2008-2011), Riverside Museum in UK (2007-2012), Heydar Aliyev Culture Center in Azerbaijan (2007-2012), Serpentine Sackler Gallery in UK (2009-2013), Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park in South Korea (2009-2014), Harbin Opera House in China (2011-2015). These curvilinear structures are studied by collecting the main information’s of buildings such as site, functions, the height of the building, its length and area, the type of curvilinear structural system used, the structural materials as well as the cladding and ceiling materials.


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Author Biographies

Rasha Tarboush, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Near East University, Department of Architecture, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Ayten Özsavaş Akçay, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Near East University, Department of Architecture, Nicosia, Cyprus.


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How to Cite
Tarboush, R., & Özsavaş Akçay, A. (2019). Evaluation of curvilinear structural systems used by Zaha Hadid’s architecture. Amazonia Investiga, 8(23), 148-161. Retrieved from https://www.amazoniainvestiga.info/index.php/amazonia/article/view/857