Zaha Hadid was one of Britain’s most important and innovative architects.
She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize for her unique and commanding design.
Hadid died of a heart attack on March 31, 2016, leaving behind an incredible legacy and a slate of iconic buildings.
Today's Google Doodle comes just over a year after her untimely death, and shows Hadid infront of the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan.
The Google Cultural Institute has also released a virtual reality exploration of some of Hadid’s early paintings and drawings.
Born in Iraq in 150, Hadid attended boarding schools in England and Switzerland, where she – a Sunni Muslim – was educated by Catholic nuns.
Hadid later earned a degree in maths at the American University of Beirut, and in 1972 moved to London to study at the Architectural Association in Bedford Square.
Her professor, Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, described her as “a planet in her own orbit”.
Zaha Hadid in front of the Phaeno Science Centre
Another, Elia Zenghelis, called her the most spectacular student he ever taught.
“We called her the inventor of the 89 degrees,” Zenghelis said. “Nothing was ever at 90 degrees.
“She had spectacular vision. All the buildings were exploding into tiny little pieces.
“One of her most beautiful designs – an absolute triumph – was her plan for a museum of the 19th century. It came crashing into the Thames from Hungerford Bridge and Charing Cross station.”
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Zaha Hadid at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery
After graduating in 1977 Hadid went to work for Koolhaas and Zenghalis in the Netherlands.
Three years later she returned to London and opened her own firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, and at the same time began teaching.
Throughout the 1980s Hadid gained a reputation for her sweeping, dramatic designs, however she struggled to bring any of them to fruition.
Her first real commission came in 1993, when furniture manufacturer Vitra invited her to design a fire station to sit adjacent to its factory.
Zaha Hadid designed the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics
The sleek, angular building made of concrete and glass never served as a station, and instead became an exhibition space.
A year later Hadid won a competition to design a new Opera House in Cardiff.
The Welsh Government refused to pay for her design, a “glass necklace” of asymmetrical buildings, and instead a new rugby stadium was built.
For the next decade or so Hadid continued to lecture, and her proposed designs won her favour among the architecture community.
At the turn of the millennium Hadid’s career finally took off.
Sheik Zayed Bridge by Zaha Hadid
In 1997 she was commissioned to design a new Contemporary Arts Centre in Cincinnati, Ohio. The angular, concrete building opened in 2000 and made Hadid the first woman to design an art museum in the US.
In 2002 she won the competition to design a new administration building for BMW in Leipzig, Germany – a glass and concrete pavilion raised above street level on pylons.
Later projects included the Sheik Zayed Bridge in Abu-Dhabi – a 235 metre long wave of concrete, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Glasgow and the London Aquatics Centre, built for the 2012 London Olympics.
In 2012 Hadid was made a Dame for services to architecture.
She died of a heart attack in March 2016, leaving behind a host of unfinished projects and a a legacy as one of the most important architects in history.