On March 31, 2016, many in the architecture world mourned as it became known that Dame Zaha Hadid had passed away. According to BBC, Hadid died of a heart attack on a Thursday in a Miami Hospital. She was being treated for bronchitis.
Though Dame Zaha Hadid is now gone, her memory still lives on as the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in recognition of her work. She also happens to be the first person of Muslim heritage to receive such an honor as well. Needless to say, but Hadid must have designed some impressive architectural structures to earn the gold medal in the first place. All anyone has to do is observe her commissioned work around the world, including Hong Kong, Germany, and Azerbaijan, to see how phenomenal they truly are.
Now Google is making it a lot easier for the world to explore Dame Zaha Hadid’s architectural wonders as a way to honor her. According to reports, Google Street View now allows people to view Hadid’s most renown buildings online.
Dame Zaha Hadid really needed to stand out when it came to her architecture if she wanted to make a name for herself, and that is exactly what she did. Jane Duncan, the president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, provided a statement describing Hadid after she heard of Hadid’s passing.
“Dame Zaha Hadid was an inspirational woman, and the kind of architect one can only dream of being. Visionary and highly experimental, her legacy despite her young age, is formidable. She leaves behind a body of work from buildings to furniture, footwear and cars, that delight and astound people all around the world. The world of architecture has lost a star today.”
There is no reported family surviving after Dame Zaha Hadid’s passing. Instead, she is survived by a plethora of work not just in architecture, but also as Jane Duncan described, furniture, footwear, and cars. This includes her Liquid Glacial, a series of tables resembling ice formations made from clear and colored acrylic, the Moon System Sofa for B&B Italia, and the Z.CAR, a hydrogen-powered, three-wheeled automobile.
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