Though Zaha Hadid died unexpectedly last month, work at her firm has marched on, with the office reassuring clients—and an interested public—that projects underway before the Pritzker Prize-winning design luminary passed away will continue as planned.
The first such major building to finish after Hadid's death is this terminal for ferries and cruise ships in Salerno, Italy, along the Amalfi Coast about 40 miles southeast of Naples. With a clamshell-like form, the hub, called the Salerno Maritime Terminal, is made of poured-in-place concrete and features a massive, wavy roof meant to look like an oyster's carapace, according to the firm.
Comprising administrative offices, an international arrivals and departures terminal, and a terminal for local and regional ferries and cruise ships, the building—whose interiors feature the swooping forms for which Hadid became so well known—will help accommodate an additional 500,000 passengers a year.
In a release, the firm told the story of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's recent visit to the newly finished structure. Renzi noted that, in addition to the obvious economic benefits the terminal will offer the city of Salerno, "it's also a way of remembering the great architect that Zaha Hadid was." Hear, hear.
∙ Salerno Maritime Terminal [Zaha Hadid Architects]
∙ All Zaha Hadid coverage [Curbed]