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Twisting Generali Tower designed by Zaha Hadid is inaugurated by Italian Prime Minister - in pictures

The 190-metre-tall building is the British-Iraqi architect's only structure in Milan

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has inaugurated the twisting 44-story Generali Tower designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid.

The 190-metre tower, which will serve as a headquarters for the Italian insurance company Generali, was dedicated on Tuesday, on the first day of the annual Milan Furniture Fair that celebrates design.

The Generali Tower is one of three skyscrapers that punctuate CityLife, a redevelopment project of the old fairgrounds that incorporates parks, apartments, offices and a vast shopping area. The other towers were designed by Daniel Libeskind and Arata Isozaki.

Hadid's tower twists as it rises, with the upper floors facing Milan's centerpiece Duomo cathedral in the center of the city.

Generali chairman Gabriele Galateri called the tower "a true element of development for Milan", with a focus on sustainability.

British-Iraqi architect Hadid, who died in 2016, was renowned for her gravity-defying designs, such as China's Guangzhou Opera House and Azerbaijan's Heydar Aliyev Center, which earned her the nickname "Queen of the Curve".

During her esteemed career, she won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and the Stirling Prize, twice, in 2010 and 2011.

Hadid was also the first woman awarded the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Baghdad-born Hadid's work can be seen in the UAE, with the architect behind Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Bridge; a Dubai hotel designed by Hadid, ME Dubai by Melia, is also set to open in 2020.

Updated: April 10, 2019 12:21 PM

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