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