When architects are spending the long sleepless nights trying to get things done, they find solace in two things: coffee and music. Here, we will not go on about the varieties of coffee that architects prefer to drink, but let’s talk about music. At architecture school, you have probably experimented with all kinds of stuff, but then you decided that there is this certain genre or artist that brings out the best in you … or something of that sort. Some prefer to listen to classy Jazz, classical symphonies, or soothing instrumentals, while others would rather be kept awake and moving by the thundering beats of hard rock and heavy metal. So, what kind of music does “starchitects” listen to? Have you ever thought about it? Do they listen to the same usual stuff you and I listen to? Or do they have their own peculiar playlists? Here, you may partly get an answer to your question.

Little more than a month before her passing, the celebrated Iraqi-British architect and Pritzker Prize winner Dame Zaha Hadid cared to share some of her favorite music tracks on the radio show “Desert Island Discs” which airs on BBC Radio 4. The architect’s picks were, actually, quite interesting and diverse. Some of them may, also, be unexpected. So here, check them out for yourself. ‘

These Foolish Things – Bryan Ferry

Al-Atlal (The Ruins) – Umm Kulthum

Hey Jude – The Beatles

Everybody’s Talkin – Harry Nilsson

Holding Back the Years – Simply Red

Hotline Bling – Drake

Someone Like You – Adele

Stay With Me – Sam Smith

via BBC


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