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Heydar Aliyev Centre included in ArchDaily’s ‘Top 11 Projects in 11 years’

The Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku has been listed by ArchDaily as one of the 11 most popular projects on their website in the past 11 years.

Published to celebrate ArchDaily’s 11 year anniversary, the list also includes projects by Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Peter Zumthor, Louis Kahn and OMA.

Built on the site of a Soviet munitions factory, the Heydar Aliyev Centre’s architecture embodies an enlightened philosophical framework. Its fluid forms promise to open and engage Azeri culture with an act of attraction rather than imposition.

The centre’s 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’ by London’s Design Museum, the centre was cited as "a masterwork of invention and execution,” and since opening, has hosted exhibitions and performances by Azeri and international artists. On his visit to Baku, Pope Francis addressed local residents and religious leaders in the centre’s theatre.

ArchDaily’s Top 11 Projects in 11 Years

Photograph by Hufton+Crow