Award winning Arab architect Zaha Hadid, who died last year of a heart attack at the age of 65, is being honored in today’s Google doodle. May 31 marks the anniversary of the day she won the Pritzker Architecture Award, becoming the first woman to do so. To date, she remains one of only two women to receive said award.
According to Google, “The Heydar Aliyev Center, pictured in today’s doodle, sets itself in contrast to the block-like structures that surround it in Baku, Azerbaijan. At the same time, this cultural center takes inspiration from historic Islamic designs found in calligraphy and geometric patterns to create something entirely new. The building takes an open form to invite the public into its space. The center has played host to modern art by Andy Warhol and Tony Cragg, and world-class performances from Kitaro and Alessandro Safina.”
Dame Zaha Hadid, who was initially dubbed the “paper architect”, will forever be remembered as the woman architect who broke all boundaries with her neofuturistic designs and fluid buildings.