The second-biggest port in Europe has cut a distinct new shape into its skyline. Iraqi-born British Architect, Zaha Hadid designed Antwerp Port House in Belgium officially opened. The port house integrates modern design with the city’s history as a pioneer global trading hub and diamond center. Made of 2,000 triangular glass panels, it cost 55 million euros ($62 million). Just months before completion, Ms. Hadid died suddenly at 65. The Port House adds to her legacy of eye-catching buildings around the world. During construction, some Antwerpers saw a ship or a diamond emerging from the brick-built old dockside fire station upon which Zaha Hadid, who died in March, built the new structure. Zaha Hadid was adamant about preserving the fire station. The original square building did not have a main facade, so the architects decided to layer the addition on top of the structure to avoid obscuring the front. Concrete pillars and 900 tonnes of steel hold the glass workspace above the fire station. A bridge level joins the two structures and gives employees a 360-degree view of the port and public square below. After her death, the city council amended its street plan to rename it Zaha Hadidplein or Zaha Hadid Square.
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