The search engine giant paid tribute to the ‘Queen of the Curve’ just over a year after her death…
Zaha Hadid was a woman who “captured the world’s attention and shattered glass ceilings (in addition to designing some)”.
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, Google.
The search engine paid tribute to the the late, great architect on Wednesday by making her the daily Google Doodle, creating a sketch of Baghdad-born Hadid in front of one of her works, the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Azerbaijan.
“The type in today’s Doodle finds inspiration in Hadid’s energetic sketches, which explored both form and function,” Google said in a statement.
“Thank you, Dame Zaha Hadid, for all you’ve done to bring people together in the service of art and culture.”
The visionary architect, known as “Queen of the Curve”, passed away at the age of 65 last March in a Miami hospital.
Hadid, who spent most of her life in Britain, became perhaps the world’s most famous female architect after breaking several records; she was the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, as well as the first woman awarded the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) May 31, 2017
Her most famed works are spread across the globe, from Germany to the US, with many Hadid-designed structures standing right here in the GCC (you can even explore some of her work using Google Earth, just click here).
The architect was responsible for the Sheikh Zayed bridge in Abu Dhabi and the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, as well as the soon-to-open Omniyat’s The Opus in Dubai.
The impressive creation, which will feature the first ME by Melia Hotel in the region, will house signature furniture designed and selected by Hadid.
It will also include offices, restaurants and cafes, and is slated to open later this summer.
Born in Baghdad in 1950, Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before starting her architectural journey in 1972 at the Architectural Association in London.
In 2002, she was appointed by the Queen of England as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to architecture.
Although she was once described as “famously extravagant”, she remained humble despite her global success, once commenting: “I will never give myself the luxury of thinking, ‘I’ve made it.”