Brits statuette images from late architect Dame Zaha Hadid unveiled

The first images of Dame Zaha Hadid’s Brits statuette have been unveiled.

The British architect began working on the project three months before her sudden death in March this year.

Hadid, whose buildings included the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, died aged 65 in Miami following a heart attack.

Brits chairman Jason Iley said: “We are delighted with the finished statues. Like Zaha, they are innovative and original and have gone well beyond our expectations to create something special that will progress the award into the future.”

He has previously told how the Iraqi-born architect told him: “I know exactly how I want to do it. I have a vision for it.”

Zaha Hadid Design director Maha Kutay worked on Hadid’s original ideas, saying: “Our design expresses Zaha’s unwavering belief in progress and optimism for the future and a break from the norm.”

A family of five statues – which represent “diversity” – have been revealed – but only one – an abstract image of a woman with her hips to the side – will be given out on the night.

Previous designers of the statuette have included artists Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake and fashion designer Pam Hogg.

Hosted by Michael Buble, the Brit Awards 2017 with MasterCard take place on February 22 and will be broadcast live on ITV from London’s O2 Arena.

The Critics’ Choice shortlist will be revealed on Friday and the winner will be announced on Thursday December 8.

More in this Section

Tyson Fury: 'I want to train with Conor McGregor'Tyson Fury: 'I want to train with Conor McGregor'

Robert Pattinson explains why he thought Twilight was a ‘weird’ storyRobert Pattinson explains why he thought Twilight was a ‘weird’ story

Host announced for 2020 Grammy AwardsHost announced for 2020 Grammy Awards

Disappointment for Carrie Underwood as Garth Brooks wins CMA titleDisappointment for Carrie Underwood as Garth Brooks wins CMA title


Amid a flood of interest in the island nation in recent years, here’s a few under-the-radar wonders to help separate you from the herd.6 amazing off-the-beaten-track destinations in Japan

November weather leaving your skin dry and dull? Rachel Marie Walsh picks the best new products to keep it spring fresh.Product Watch: The best new products to keep your skin spring fresh

Here is a selection of hot, comforting desserts for a cold winter’s evening. The first is a luscious and decadent chocolate orange dessert that stays soft in the centre.Michelle Darmody: Comforting desserts for a cold winter’s evening

Jackie Turner, genetic counsellor, Clinical Genetics Centre for Ophthalmology, Mater Hospital, DublinWorking Life: 'I catch the quiet 6:15 train, a place to gather my thoughts and plan my day'

More From The Irish Examiner