Google Doodle Honours Late Architect Zaha Hadid
Google Doodle honoured world renowned architect Zaha Hadid, a year after she passed away.
Hadid was a revolutionary architect. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize and the Royal Gold Medal in architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architects- two of the world’s most prestigious architecture awards.
Hadid was born in Baghdad, and studied architecture in London. She has created some of the most unique buildings across the world, like the London Olympic Aquatic Centre, and Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany, and is fondly called ‘Queen of the Curve.’
Here are some of her most iconic buildings:
The Opera House costed $300 million and spreads over 70,000 square metres. It is meant to contrast with the skyscrapers around it.
The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Azerbaijan covers 10,081 square metres and doesn’t have a single straight line. The centre contrasts with the Soviet style blocks that surround it.
Among her other works are the Dongadaemun Design Plaza in South Korea, which contains solar panels, a double skin and a water recycling system, and the London 2012 Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in Stratford, London.
In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame.
She passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack last year. At the time of her death, she had accrued more than 70 million pounds.