Google honors architect Zaha Hadid with new Doodle

May 31 (UPI) — Google is celebrating the 13th anniversary of architect Zaha Hadid becoming the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize with a new Doodle.

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.”

Born in Iraq in 1950, Hadid learned about abstract art and architecture at the Architectural Association in London. Known as the “queen of the curve,” other major buildings she designed include the London Aquatic Centre, Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum, the Vitra Fire Station in Germany and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.

“In her early work, Hadid visualized her projects through paintings that resembled abstract modernist art. She famously said, “There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?”‘ Google noted. “Today we celebrate Dame Zaha Hadid’s contributions over her lifetime to the world of architecture. Thank you, Dame Zaha Hadid, for all you’ve done to bring people together in the service of art and culture!”

In addition to winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Hadid was also the first woman awarded the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Hadid died in 2016 at the age of 65.


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