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Zaha Hadid awarded the Gold Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria

At an event to mark her 15 years teaching at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Culture Minister Josef Ostermayer awarded Zaha Hadid the Gold Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria.

Zaha Hadid Architects have completed three seminal projects in Austria. The 90-metre Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck completed in 2002.  It has hosted many national and international championships and was awarded the Gold Medal for Design by the International Olympic Committee in 2005.

Ice-formations in the mountains above the city inspired the curvilinear glass canopies of Innsbuck’s Nordparc Railway stations. The railway completed in 2007 and has since been used by millions of locals and tourists to travel from the city centre to Hungerburg station to reach the summit of Seegrube Mountain in just 20 minutes. The railway stations received an RIBA European Award in 2008.

The Library & Learning Centre (LLC) serves the 25,000 students and 1,500 staff at the University of Economics in Vienna – the EU’s largest institution for business and economics, business law, and social sciences. Opened in 2013 with a library, classrooms, auditorium, offices, bookstore, copy shop, café and study zones, the building’s large central forum also serves as the university’s primary meeting point and gathering space. The LLC received a RIBA European Award in 2014.

After 15 years teaching her students at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Hadid retired this year to work on the growing portfolio of projects in her London practice.

Bergisel website

Nordpark website

LLC film by BOA