One Thousand Museum Pays Tribute to the Late Zaha Hadid.
April 6, 2016
The developers of One Thousand Museum paid a heartfelt tribute to the legendary architect Zaha Hadid at 8:08AM EST in tandem with the funeral call to prayer in London at 1:08PM BST. Hadid, who is honored as a Dame of the British Empire, is the first Muslim female architect to win the Pritzker Prize. Downtown Miami’s One Thousand Museum marks Hadid’s last residential tower, now under construction.
David Prodger, the British Consul General of Miami, opened the tribute by reflecting on Hadid’s undeniable passion for Miami, and how beloved she is at home in the United Kingdom. A whistle blew at 8:08AM sharp to cease construction for a 60-second moment of silence, where a crowd gathered on Biscayne Boulevard to witness 200+ construction workers bow their heads in respect.
Dr. Abdul Hamid Samra, Imam at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami, recited a touching prayer in both Arabic and English. Dr. Samra was in touch with the Imam at the London Central Mosque where the funeral was held, reinforcing the connection between the two cities where Hadid’s influence is profound. Following Dr. Samra’s remarks, a surprise sun shower provided a peaceful sense of beauty.
Notable Guests: Dr. Abdul Hamid Samra, Imam and Director of Religious Services at Islamic Center of Greater Miami; David Prodger, British Consul General, Miami; Louis Birdman, Developer, One Thousand Museum; Gregg Covin, Developer, One Thousand Museum; Kevin Venger, Developer, One Thousand Museum.