Haydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects new building in Baku, Azerbaijan is one unique project in every possible way. Designed to meet the governments cultural ambitions in the region, the building had the full support of its client. Flows that start on the ground sweep up the entire height of the building massing on the outside without any disruptions. Inside -similarly- one's gaze shoots up the vast, dynamic space in front of the terraced floor slabs that are for the gallery space. The main auditorium's seating, balcony, acoustic panels and lighting are all integrated into a single system of strips that morph into the floor, walls, ceiling and the balustrade. The craft of the wooden strip cladding of the whole interior surface of the auditorium is highly impressive - kudos to the Turkish contractors as well ! :)

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