Celebrating Zaha Hadid – Screenshot from Google
CAIRO - 31 May 2017: Google celebrated the late renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, known for her innovative vision in the world of architecture, on Wednesday.
The first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, Hadid founded Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979. Each of her projects featured urbanism, architecture and design, according to a statement released by Google.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, the London Aquatics Centre, and Guangzhou Opera House are among Hadid’s most prominent works. Earlier this year the Serpentine Sackler gallery displayed Hadid’s calligraphic sketches, which depict architectural forms and the complexity of her thoughts.
Influenced by Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko, Hadid’s works were based on paintings and drawings that expressed her architectural ideas, which she always sought to link to the world we live in.
Prior to her death in 2016, Hadid experienced her paintings in digital and virtual reality through dynamic drawing, the x-ray possibilities of 3D modeling and digitalized technology. She applied various methods in her work including fragmentation, explosion and fluidity in conceptualizing buildings and spaces.
A firm believer in the contribution of visionaries and designs to digitized industries, Hadid believed the process of technological advancement was inspired by merely design.
“Our designs become more ambitious as we see the new possibilities created by the technology of other industries. There is a strong reciprocal relationship whereby our more ambitious design visions encourage the continuing development of the new digital technologies and fabrication techniques, and those new developments in turn inspire us to push the design envelope ever further,” Hadid once said.
Throughout her career Hadid developed several virtual reality experiences in partnership with Google Arts and Culture that dissect some of the key aspects within paintings.