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ZAHA HADID’S HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER BECAME THE DESIGN OF 2014

6 July 2014 |

Architect Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center (Baku) was named the Design of the Year 2014. The title was given by London’s Design Museum.

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Zaha Hadid is the first woman who received the Design Museum’s annual award in its entire 7-year-old history.

And the cultural centre that rises above the Azerbaijani capital is also became the first lauded architecture project.

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“The surface of the Heydar Aliyev Centre’s external plaza rises and folds to define a sequence of public event spaces within, – said Zaha Hadid.- It’s an architectural landscape where concepts of seamless spatial flow are made real – creating a whole new kind of civic space for the city”, she said.

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The building is intended to host various concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events where people relax beneath the glass-fibre-reinforced concrete panels.

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Hadid confesses that the centre is the most important project of her – together with Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The design left other category winners behind – a keyboard with squishy keys, chairs by Konstantin Grcic and Prada’s Spring Summer 2014 fashion collection.

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70 projects were nominated in such categories like architecture, fashion, digital, furniture, products, graphics and transport.

Last year the award was taken by the UK Government website, a project headed by designer Ben Terrett.

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