Baku, Azer­baijan (2007–12)

Hey­dar Aliyev Cen­tre by Zaha Ha­did

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Oil-rich Azer­bai­jan is keen to out­wow the Gulf from its out-there lo­ca­tion on the Caspian Sea. So mega-star­chi­tect Ha­did won the com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign the rul­ing Aliyev fam­ily’s mu­seum, and this is the in­cred­i­ble re­sult. The killer view is from the south, where the vast form rises like a peak­ing graph – one of Ha­did’s sig­na­ture ‘biomor­phic’ curves – while in­side, the wide white stairs and misty sight­lines make you think you’ve gone to a high-drama heaven that some­what dwarfs the ex­hibits. hey­dar­aliyev­cen­

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