The cultural center of Heydar Aliyev, located on the eponymous avenue in Baku, and built according to the project of the legendary diva of architecture Zahi Hadid, was recognized in 2014 as the best building in the world - and it is worth a lot.
The cultural center of Heydar Aliyev, located on the eponymous avenue in Baku, and built according to the design of the legendary divan of architecture Zahi Hadid, in 2014 was recognized as the best building in the world - and it's worth a lot. To say it better than one of the jury members of the famous Design of the Year Award, established by the Design Museum in London, is probably not, so we quote:
This delightfully beautiful building is a brilliant architect at the peak of a career. It is as innocent and sexy as the wind-lifted skirt of Marilyn Monroe. Pier Gogh
By the way, Zaha Hadid was the only lady who received the Grand Prix for 17 years of the existence of this prize.
Today, on the territory of an amazing alien building, there is an auditorium (congress center) Heydar Aliyev, exhibition halls, a restaurant, cafes and administrative offices. If you delve into the meaning of creativity inimitable Zaha Hadid, you can see how the architecture of the building embodies her ideas. Representing in form a wave-like aspiration and a smooth merger with the earth, the cultural center personifies not only the postmodern style of the maestro, but also infinity, symbolizing the connection between the past and the future.
About 4-storey auditorium for a long time there is no sense to tell - there are two perfectly equipped conference halls, rooms for meetings and negotiations, as well as a media center. It is more interesting to look into the exhibition halls of the cultural center.
Exhibition Hall "Masterpieces of Azerbaijan"
Located on the first floor of Zaha Hadid's masterpiece, this exhibition attracts the opportunity to get acquainted with unique exhibits telling about the history and cultural heritage of the country. Including, to see samples of rock carvings from Gobustan, ancient coins and jewelry, medieval articles made of clay and copper, ancient copies of the Koran, the Bible and the Torah. Of course, it was not without traditional Azerbaijani carpets and musical instruments, the sound of which, incidentally, can be heard.
On the second floor of the cultural center are models of 45 historical and architectural sights from the capital and other regions of the country. What can be seen in the tiny version: the Maiden Tower in Baku, the Momine-Khatun Mausoleum, the Baku Railway Station, the Philharmonic and Ismailia Buildings, there are also samples of Soviet architecture - the Government House of Azerbaijan and the Green Theater. Finally, the modern and "future" architecture - Baku Crystal Hall and Flame Towers, as well as models of the planned Olympic Stadium and the building of the Oil Fund of Azerbaijan.
Today, on the territory of the amazing alien building is Zakhi Hadid Auditorium (Congress Center), the Museum of. Heydar Aliyev, exhibition halls, a restaurant, cafes and administrative offices.
"Welcome to Azerbaijan"
On the third floor there is an exhibition under the hospitable name "Welcome to Azerbaijan". The exposition is quite interesting: photographs of the sights and natural monuments of the country, as well as appetizing photos of Azerbaijani culinary art. The last works belong to the famous American photographer Peter Lippman.
Museum of Heydar Aliyev
With the collection of the museum you start to get acquainted even at the entrance - here there are cars that were in use of Heydar Aliyev from 1969 to 2003. In the three-story building of the museum you can get acquainted with the life of the former president of Azerbaijan with the help of photo and video materials.
Address: 1, Heydar Aliyev prospekti, AZ 1033, Baku. Phone: +994 12 505 60 01.