Today, Google remembers the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid as “the first woman architect to receive the Pritzker Prize”. The doodle features an illustration of the architect along with her iconic Heydar Aliyev Center which forms the “g” of a freely scribbled “google”, hinting at the architectural style of the “Queen of the curve”. Hadid died on the 31st of March, last year, after a sudden heart attack in Miami Florida. She left a legacy of outstanding architectural projects, marvelous sketches, and a list of unrealized projects. Google Arts and Culture collaborates with Serpentine Gallery to give the internet audience a virtual tour of Zaha Hadid’s early paintings and conceptual drawings.
Dame Zaha Hadid was indeed the first female architect to win the Pritzker Prize, which is architecture’s most prestigious award, equivalent to a noble price in science or literature. She was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2004, on this day but 13 years ago. She was, also, the first woman to receive the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in February 2016, no more than two months before she died, and she was named Dame by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 2012.
Zaha Hadid’s architectural projects have gained their fair share of architectural awards as well. Her buildings, which can be found all over the globe, stand as world-famous landmarks wherever they are, grabbing the attention of locals and tourists alike with their elegant and distinct character. Her MAXXI Museum in Rome, Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, and Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, stand among her most famous and praised works.
Now, here is a list of Zaha Hadid’s 10 most visited projects on Arch2O for you to check;
Zaha Hadid was, also, celebrated for her unique and stylish product designs which included furniture, fashion items, and jewelry.
You can get to know more about the renowned architect by checking these articles which highlight different aspects of her life and career.