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Zaha Hadid’s first posthumous project to open

One of the last works of late architect Zaha Hadid – an oyster-inspired maritime terminal – is set to open at the Port of Salerno in Italy

The marine terminal at Italy’s Port of Salerno is the first major project designed by Zaha Hadid to complete since the architect’s death in March, 2016.
The marine terminal at Italy’s Port of Salerno is the first major project designed by Zaha Hadid to complete since the architect’s death in March, 2016.

One of the last works by the late architect Zaha Hadid is set to open at the Port of Salerno in Italy.

The maritime terminal is inspired by an oyster, consisting of a hard shell above a soft, fluid interior. The building’s design, which features Hadid’s trademark flowing curves, is scheduled to open today (Monday, 25 April, 2016).

The terminal is the first major architectural project to be completed since the Iraqi-born British architect died from a heart attack, aged 65, on 31 March, 2016.

The development will form part of a broader redevelopment of the Port of Salerno, and is designed to smooth the movement of the throngs of ferry and cruise-ship passengers passing through it.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited the building on Sunday, and paid tribute to Hadid’s legacy.

Commenting on the terminal, he said: “This extraordinary work adds to everything Salerno is doing to transform itself, and I think it is marvellous.

“It is also a way of remembering the great architect that Zaha Hadid was. If Salerno is undergoing a transformation, it is also thanks to the contribution of this architectural star,” he continued.

“We should have been able to celebrate this moment together, but it was not to be,” Prime Minister Renzi lamented.

London-based Zaha Hadid Architects is now being run by German architect Patrik Schumacher, who worked alongside the design house’s founder for 28 years.

The studio had 36 projects at the design stage or under construction at the time of Hadid’s death.

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