zaha hadid: heydar aliyev cultural centre construction progress zaha hadid: heydar aliyev cultural centre construction progress
sep 20, 2011

zaha hadid: heydar aliyev cultural centre construction progress

zaha hadid: heydar aliyev cultural centre construction progress all images courtesy zaha hadid architects




currently under construction, ‘heydar aliyev cultural centre’ by internationally renowned architect zaha hadid is a new facility consisting of a museum, library and conference centre in baku, the republic of azerbaijan. playing an important role in the urban development of the site, the design will define a new neighbourhood designated for residential, offices, hotel and commercial centre arranged around a new outdoor piazza. situated on a site measuring over 111,000 m2, the cultural centre is characterized by its fluid form which emerges out of the surrounding landscape. a distinct sense of motion is established by a series of curves that fold out from the ground, creating organic shaped openings within the skin. this continuous ‘wrap’ houses different functions, providing appropriate level of privacy as well as a distinct identity to each space.





within context



exterior view




engaging in direct dialogue with the landscape is the museum, which faces out to provide sweeping views of the surrounding. a glass facade ensures that the interior gains an abundant level of natural light. the library, which faces north, effectively controls admitted light and spatially designates the reading and archive space within the folds of the outer envelope. a series of ramps connect the interior, allowing for a continuous circulation, while a suspended bridge provides connection between the library and the conference centre. the design generates a public forum of engagement through a new plaza which reads as an extension of the cultural centre itself. 



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rendered perspective






interior view





exhibition space



render of auditorium



wireframe model



site plan






project info:

site area: 111,292 m2 built area: 52,417 m2 foot print: 15,514 m2

project architect: saffet kaya project team: marc boles, shiqi li, sara sheikh akbari, phil kim, yelda gin, liat muller, deniz manisali, lillie liu, jose lemos, simone fuchs, jose ramon tramoyeres, yu du, tahmina parvin, erhan patat, fadi mansour, jaime bartolome, josef glas, ifeanyi oganwu, michael grau, deepti zachariah, ceyhun baskin, daniel widrig, murat mutlu

main contractor: DIA structural: AKT, tuncel engineers space frame: MERO facade: werner sobek mechanical: GMD engineers lighting: MBLD acoustic: DBKes fire: etik engineering people movers: MBE ltd. co.

  • JUST….. NO WORDS !!!!!!!

    S PAROLA says:
  • I am afraid I cannot agree with Parola… Isn’t this just one more whimsical piece of design? Isn’t it rather selfish? Just fashionable? For those who are ready to jump on the next emotional train? What point does it make? Should architecture make a point? Questions…

    bruno de paris says:
  • While I agree with Bruno in large part, I’m actually liking this quite a bit. There are some very interesting spacial relationships going on as well as some great interactions of light and form.

    On the other hand I’m not at all a fan of the exterior form and I’m pretty sure there’s a large amount of expensive, functionless spaces within.

    All in all, it’s a building I’d be curious to see in person.

    chris says:
  • More architecture glorifying dictatorships, how wonderful

    hahaha says:
  • Bruno, some Questions:

    Define ‘whimsical’…?

    How is a public building ‘selfish’?

    Whats an ’emotional train’, and how does one ‘jump on’ it?

    If I were to ‘jump on’, why would it affect me adversely?

    douglas montgomery says:
  • Some of the renderings are sick. Will the building look anything like them. Probably not. But who cares because the renderings did not sell the building did they?

    kakkain says:
  • The building is beautiful. But, it don’t comunicate good with the real life landscape. But beautiful at all.

    dieter says:
  • Like it very much, one of the best projects in Azerbaijan

    Anar says:
  • What a beautiful building, I always find myself amazed by the architect’s imagination.

    However I must admit that functionality and design do not go hand in hand in this project.

    harun says:
  • look at the clouds in the sky, look at geography, land morphology, trees, rivers .. do u see any squares, rectangles and sharp edges?? zaha is embracing her environment, smoothening man’s foot print 🙂 in her own way … her influence is respected

    GS_beirut says:
  • Beautiful curves

    ap says:
  • It’s beautiful. Renders me speechless. What about the cost. Something like this would cost atleast 5 times more than a rectangular structure.

    Rahul Spall says:

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