Opera House For Dubai By Zaha Hadid Architects
I've been very critical of architect Zaha Hadid in the past, accusing her of weaving "chaotic spatial confusions" that are as incoherent as they are un-buildable.
However, there was one thing that deconstructionist architects like Hadid always did well -- their affectations may have lacked purpose, but at their best their buildings were always intensely dynamic, like they were in motion. They might have lacked "the tension of purpose," but never the "freedom of release."
But look at what she's done now! That picture you see above is her proposed new opera house for the desert dunes of Dubai, and it's, it's ... incredible.
It could be nowhere else, nor by anyone else. This is architecture that takes your breath away. To paraphrase how Ayn Rand once described a concerto by (fictional) composer Richard Halley, "It sweeps space clean, and leaves nothing but the joy of an unobstructed effort."
Bravo, Ms Hadid. [More here at Mad Architect.]