2014 Design of the Year: Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center
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“It is an intoxicatingly beautiful building by the most brilliant architect at the height of her office’s powers. It is as pure and sexy as Marilyn’s blown skirt.” With an assessment that effusive from one of the judges, no wonder Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, a wildly — Continue reading …
With an assessment that effusive from one of the judges, no wonder Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, a wildly curvaceous, characteristically futuristic composition with seemingly no bad angle, was chosen as 2014 Design of the Year by London’s Design Museum. In choosing Hadid, the jury selected both the first woman and the first piece of architecture to receive the coveted accolade, now in its seventh year.
Beating out 6 other finalists in a range of categories, Hadid’s massive building, surely the most photographed building of the past 12 months, holds a concert hall, conference center, cafes, library, restaurants, and a slew of public spaces—and has the kind of photogenic star power destined to imbue Baku with ‘destination’ status reminiscent of Bilbao in the aftermath of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum. Can car commercials and video shoots be far behind?Images: Arch Daily; Zaha Hadid Architects