The Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan will give any visitor pause. The building literally emerges from the landscape. It’s striking and also indicative of the priority of form that drives most of Hadid’s recent work.
The 57,000 square-metre building is a fluid volume that folds up from the landscape to form a single continuous surface. Glazed openings between folds will offer entrances, leading into the library, museum and conference centre contained inside.
Designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, her buildings are known to be distinctively neofuturistic, characterized by the powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life.