Exterior and Concrete Siding Material After a fire destroyed the Weil am Rhein firestation in 1981 Germany, it fell to the 43-year-old Hadid, who had spent the better part of the last decade lecturing and sketching, to design the replacement building. Hadid has said the structure is almost like a piece of Land Art due to the way the slim profile defines a narrow corridor.  Photo 1 of 18 in "Queen of the Curve": 18 Influential Works by Zaha Hadid