Zaha Hadid Honored in New Google Doodle

The latest Google Doodle, posted today on Google's home page in many countries around the world, pays tribute to the recent Zaha Hadid on the 13th anniversary of its acceptance of the Pritzker Prize. Hadid became the first woman to be selected in 2004, the greatest honor of the architectural profession.

The doodle depicts the architect in front of one of his most acclaimed buildings, the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. Earlier concepts for the doodle showed Hadid's drawings for the Glasgow Riverside Museum and Galaxy Soho in Beijing.

Google describes Hadid:

Born in Iraq in 1950, Hadid learned art and abstract architecture at the Architectural Association in London. There, she found inspiration in unconventional forms. Before computers became easier to put on paper, Hadid's studio was known to use the photocopier creatively to bend lines and create new shapes. The type in today's Doodle finds its inspiration in Hadid's energy sketches, which have explored form and function.

Hadid opened a new ground on modern architecture using the surrounding landscape to build inspiration. The straight lines and sharp angles of the Vitra Fire Station in Germany were inspired by the vineyards and farmland nearby, while the roof of the Aquatic Center in London is in the shape of a wave. You can see the London Aquatic Center and some of Hadid's other impressive works in Google Earth's interactive exhibit.

The Heydar Aliyev Center, represented in today's doodle, is opposed to the block structures surrounding it in Baku, Azerbaijan. At the same time, this cultural center is inspired by the historical Islamic conceptions found in calligraphy and geometric motifs to create something completely new. The building takes an open form to invite the public into its space. The center hosted modern art by Andy Warhol and Tony Cragg, and world class performances by Kitaro and Alessandro Safina.

In her early works, Hadid visualized her projects through paintings that resemble modernist modernist art. She said: "There are 360 ​​degrees, so why stick to one?" You can explore some of these early concepts - including via virtual reality - on the Google Cultural Institute.

Today, we celebrate the contributions of Dame Zaha Hadid during her life in the world of architecture. Thank you, Lady Zaha Hadid, for all you have done to bring people together to serve art and culture!

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