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Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan shortlisted for the RIBA International Awards 2016

Awarded to the most significant and inspirational building of the year, the prize is given to a project demonstrating visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context.

Built on the site of an abandoned Soviet tank factory, the centre’s fluid architecture embodies an enlightened philosophical framework. Breaking from rigid and often monumental Soviet architecture that is so prevalent in Baku, its open forms promise to engage Azeri culture with an act of attraction rather than imposition. The centre’s fluid exterior surfaces rise from its surroundings to define a series of exhibition and performance spaces within, inviting the urban fabric of the city into the heart of building. Named ‘Design of the Year 2014’ by London’s Design Museum, the centre in Baku was cited in its award nomination as "a masterwork of invention and execution.”

The Jockey Club Innovation Tower, School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University by Zaha Hadid Architects was also shortlisted for the RIBA International Awards 2016

(Photo above by Hufton + Crow)


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This shortlisting follows 2016 accolades for other projects by Zaha Hadid Architects.

The Investcorp Building, Oxford University’s Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College (UK) received a RIBA South Award 2016

The Messner Mountain Museum Corones in Italy won the AIA UK 2016 Design Excellence Award