Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

Last week we were off to Baku to check the latest project by our client Autoban – the new Baku International Airport Terminal. While there we seized the opportunity to visit the Heydar Aliyev Centre designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Undoubtedly Hadid’s most ambitious building to date, it houses exhibitions, concerts and cultural events in Azerbaijan’s capital city. The structure is comprised of overlapping fluid lines, smooth curves and undulating surfaces and could not be more different than the typically Soviet architecture found throughout Baku. It is sensational to see in person by day and by night, and certainly a huge statement about the country’s booming economy and optimism for the future. It was great to see an exhibition from the British artist Tony Cragg during our visit. Not many works could hold their own in this striking space and Cragg’s monumental sculptures in wood, bronze and marble fit beautifully and create an interesting dialogue with Hadids’ building. Tony Cragg’s exhibition is on view through 31 August, 2014.

Heydar Aliyev Centre 1 Heydər Əliyev prospekti, Bakı AZ1033