On March 31, Zaha Hadid, perhaps the world’s pre-eminent female architect, passed away in Miami.
The 65-year-old, who was the first woman ever to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize for Architecture, was known for her curvaceous buildings, which included the London Aquatics Centre and the Guangzhou Opera House.
As tributes roll in from around the world, Samra — Azerbaijan’s Eurovision 2016 singer — is paying tribute in her own way, by featuring Hadid’s stunning Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in her Eurovision postcard.
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Zaha Hadid, one of the world’s most renowned architects, died on March 31. As the world mourns her death, and all the creativity she still had in her, @samraeurovision is paying her respects in her own way. Azerbaijan’s #Eurovision2016 singer will film a portion of her #Eurovision postcard outside of the curvaceous Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, which Zaha Hadid designed as part of an international design competition in 2007. Samra chose the location several weeks ago, but her decision has taken on renewed significance in light of Hadid’s passing.
Samra, who will film her postcard on April 9 and 10, chose the locations for her shoot several weeks ago, and SVT agreed that Hadid’s building should feature as the main location.
The “Miracle” singer has always admired the building, but Hadid’s passing added a poignancy to her existing interest.
“I learned about Zaha’s death this morning,” she said in a statement sent to wiwibloggs. “It’s very sad. She was the most powerful and inspirational female architect in the world. I loved her.”
“I absolutely adore the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in my native Baku. I used to go there during sunsets when I could. I’m proud that we can honour her legacy in our Eurovision postcard.”
Hadid won the commission for the building in 2007 following an international competition and the building has quickly become a source of pride and inspiration for visitors to Baku.
In 2014, Hadid received the London Design Museum award for the building, with one member of the jury describing it “as pure and sexy as Marilyn’s blown skirt.”
The design and construction of the building took five years, with the grand opening taking place in 2012.
Hadid’s team describe project on the Zaha Hadid Architects web site:
“The Center, designed to become the primary building for the nation’s cultural programs, breaks from the rigid and often monumental Soviet architecture that is so prevalent in Baku, aspiring instead to express the sensibilities of Azeri culture and the optimism of a nation that looks to the future.”