The superstar architect wins competition to design a centre for architcture near the Tate Modern.

Zaha Hadid has won the international competition to design The Architecture Foundation’s new centre for architecture in Southwark.

The building will be the first London project for Baghdad-born Hadid, whose design was selected from a shortlist of eight. Her winning design for the £2.25m scheme will now go on display in a free public exhibition.

Hadid’s design for the Architecture Foundation’s new home features a solid concrete ribbon wrapped around a fully height glazed space at the building’s centre. The structure will house exhibition space, events space, offices and a bar.

Hadid beat off competition from practices including a-Graft, AOC, Caruso St John, Foreign Office Architects, Lacaton and Vassal, MVRDV and Bernard Tschumi. Rowan Moore, director of the Architecture Foundation, said: “Any of the eight short listed designs would have made a great building. Zaha Hadid won because of the way her design encompassed the range of spaces required by the brief, and made them into a convincing architectural whole.”