Leading international search engine, Google, is celebrating the life of Zaha Hadid today with a ‘google doodle’ of the architectural icon.
Setting her memory firmly in the google ‘hall of fame’, the sketch depicts Zaha standing infront of her famous 2012 Baku based work – the Heydar Aliyev cultural centre.
After one judge called it “as pure and sexy as Marilyn’s blown skirt”, the building went on to win the London Design Museum award in 2014 and was estimated to cost $250m.
Zaha Hadid was born on 31 October 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq, and has often been referred to as “The Queen of the Curve”.
Her architectural works cover a multitude of continents, including the Maxxi Museum in Rome, Italy, Guangzhou Opera House in Guangdong, China, and – of course – the London 2012 Aquatics Centre in Stratford, UK.
In celebration of her awe-inspiring designs, Hadid was awarded numerous accolades over the years. Arguably, one of the most memorable was in 2004 when the ground-breaking architect became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize; although, Zaha was also awarded a plethora of other special recognitions including the Republic of France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Japan’s Praemium Imperiale and in 2012, Zaha Hadid was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Today, Zaha’s legacy evolves through her innovative and inspiring architectural firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, who continue to break the boundaries of conventional design.Zaha Hadid | zaha-hadid.com