zaha hadid: heydar aliyev cultural center shapes azerbaijan
zaha hadid: heydar aliyev cultural center shapes azerbaijan zaha hadid: heydar aliyev cultural center shapes azerbaijan
jul 15, 2013

zaha hadid: heydar aliyev cultural center shapes azerbaijan

zaha hadid heydar aliyev shapes azerbaijan
all images courtesy of heydar aliyev cultural center




the eagerly anticipated heydar aliyev cultural center by zaha hadid has been completed and is currently hosting ‘miniature azerbaijan,’ exhibition of small models that depict seminal works of azerbaijani architecture. the showcase is indicative of an overarching goal– that the built form be a fitting tribute to the philosophy of democracy and nation building that so characterized the political and economic reforms of heydar aliyev, the third president of the country from the new azerbaijan party and formerly leader of soviet azerbaijan. the building has already become an important organizing beacon in the landscape, both visually with crisp, white soaring curves and culturally with a steady program of exhibitions and presentations on the history, linguistic complexity and myriad civilizations that have built azerbaijani culture.


see designboom’s coverage of the construction process here.




the building has become an important beacon for the city of baku



layered curved volumes are clad in pristine, white tiles



the form is a series of thickened and graduated curved that allow the entrance of natural light



a composition of sinuous forms and staggered glazing creates a dynamic relationship with the ground



the urban fabric of baku is now shaped by an impossibly undulated succession of tiled planes. not a single straight line was used throughout the 12,027 composite panels that create a skin over 90 linear kilometers of metal beams— themselves a language of compound-complex triangles, trapezoids and parallelograms. the roof provides 40,000 square meter coverage of a sinuous network of spaces that range from a cavernous auditorium to five floors of oft-naturally lit exhibit spaces. two decorative pools and an artificial lake bolster a plaza that doubles as a public forum and is cut by prismatic volumes of greenery. this is an architecture meant to occupy the space between the past and future, while elevating the present with a place-making mass that both soars toward the sky and reaches into the earth.



the museum reaches into the ground and soars toward the earth



the building envelope is devoid of straight lines



sculpted curves create a system of undercuts the distinguish the interiors





interiors are artfully and naturally lit



conference space view



circulation snakes through exhibit halls



walls are cut with glazed slivers



interior view



programming is dedicated to the history, preservation and promotion of azerbaijani culture



dynamic interiors help curate cultural capital



elevation view


  • I see lots of straight lines

    dbkii says:
  • It looks like “Melted architecture” Its great !

    Fabio Santos says:
  • Very Nice

    ateeq says:
  • Nice, although streamline buildings are so 1930’s

    cubert says:
  • Beautiful and expensive. Can’t say anything else before visiting…
    Is it good for what is suppose to be? the conference space has good acoustics? The building itself is not getting more attention than the azerbaijani cultural and historical pieces exposed in its walls? I don’t know, I am just asking…

    waldo costa says:
  • Extraordinary, curvy, endless continuity.

    Çağtay Döner says:
  • Extraordinary

    Nrc Architect - Nayira Rene says:
  • what material is the cladding made of? a nice job i must say, she is always some years ahead in her design

    collins says:
  • Indeed impressive work, Congratulations to entire team.

    deepak shah says:

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