Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects

Here are the first photographs of Zaha Hadid's almost-completed Heydar Aliyev Center, an undulating cultural centre in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

Expected to open in September, the 57,000 square-metre building is designed by Zaha Hadid Architects as a fluid volume that folds up from the landscape to form a single continuous surface.

Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
Front elevation perspective render

Glazed openings between folds will offer entrances, leading into the library, museum and conference centre contained inside.

Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
Side elevation perspective render

The building was recently nominated for awards at both this year's World Architecture Festival and the biennial Inside Festival.

Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
Site plan - click for larger image

In the last year Hadid has completed several buildings, including a 142-metre tower in Marseille and a 330,000-square-metre retail, office and entertainment complex in Beijing.

Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
Building elevation - click for larger image

She also recently purchased the current building of the Design Museum in London and is planning to convert it into an archive of her studio's designs. See more stories about Zaha Hadid »

Here's some project credits from Zaha Hadid Architects:

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect & Designer: Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu

Design Team: Sara Sheikh Akbari, Shiqi Li, Phil Soo Kim, Marc Boles, Yelda Gin, Liat Muller, Deniz Manisali
Lillie Liu, Jose Lemos, Simone Fuchs, Jose Ramon Tramoyeres, Yu Du, Tahmina Parvin, Erhan Patat, Fadi Mansour, Jaime Bartolome, Josef Glas, Michael Grau, Deepti Zachariah, Ceyhun Baskin, Daniel Widrig, Murat Mutlu

Main Contractor: Dia
Structural: AKT, Tuncel Engineers
Space Frame: Mero
Façade Consultant: Werner Sobek
Mechanical: Gmd Engineers
Acoustics Consultant: Mezzo Studyo
Lighting Consultant: Mbld
Fire Consultant: Etik Engineering