Google doodle celebrates London Aquatics Centre designer, Zaha Hadid

Elizabeth Williams
May 31, 2017

She was the first woman to win the revered Pritzker Architecture Prize on this day in 2004 and is renowned the world over for her futuristic designs.

Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-born British architect, was known for her dramatic designs frequently incorporating curved glass as a key element. A year later, she was made a Dame by the Queen for services to architecture and two years ago became the first and only woman to be given the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Explore a selection of Hadid's early concepts here. Her firm Zaha Hadid Architects continues to announce new projects regularly while led by partner Patrik Schumacher.

Zaha Hadid
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Often tapping into what she saw around her, she would use the landscape to help her ideas for design. The straight lines and sharp angles of the Vitra Fire Station in Germany were inspired by nearby vineyards and farmland, while the roof of the London Aquatic Centre forms the shape of a wave.

Google's homepage features artwork with Hadid standing in front of a building she designed, the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, that the company says "takes inspiration from historic Islamic designs found in calligraphy and geometric patterns to create something entirely new". With this in mind, Google has chose to honor her with one of its Doodles, which provides an opportunity to reflect on some of her awesome achievements. In her lifetime, Pritzker prize-winning architect, fashion designer and artist Zaha Hadid (31 October 1950 - 31 March 2016) became one of the most recognizable faces of our field.

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