Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre
Baku, Azerbaijan

Named after the controversial former president of the Azerbaijan Republic, the Heydar Aliyev cultural centre became a signature of the redevelopment of the city that began with Azerbaijan’s independence in 1991. Hadid was chosen as the architect after a competition in 2007. An example of her Parametricist style, it uses digital animation techniques of the late 1990s to engineer the building and compute its forms. The centre is home to a museum,, an 1000-seat auditorium, temporary exhibition spaces, a multi-purpose hall, workshops and a conference centre. Each of the functions represented by a fold in the surface of the building allowing each its own identity within the continuous whole.

Zaha Hadid
Born: 31 October 1950, Baghdad, Iraq
Nationality: Iraqi-British
Died: 31 March 2016, Florida, USA

Hadid was an architect and the first woman to receive the acclaimed Pritzker Architecture Award. She received the prestigious Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2010 and 2011. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2012 for services to architecture. Hadid is the only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects

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