Heydar Aliyev Center
Baku, Azerbaijan

Heydar Aliyev Center - neo-futurist building designed by Zaha Hadid in Baku

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1 Heydar Aliyev prospekti, Baku, Azerbaijan

Date of build

2007 r. - start of construction
10 May 2012 - opening of the building

  • Building types: Building complex
  • Architectural styles: Neo-futurism
  • Material: Composite structure of reinforced concrete, steel, glass, aluminium
  • Cost: USD 250 million
  • Height: 74,1 meters
  • Area: Total area: 15.93 ha
    Internal area: 101 801 m²
  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Simone Cecchetti
Heydar Aliyev Center description and facts:

The Heydar Aliyev Centre is a modern building designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid and located in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. It is a cultural centre that opened in 2012 and serves as a venue for the presentation of art, music, theatre and many other artistic disciplines.

The building was designed by British architect Zaha Hadid, who was known for creating dynamic and unusual architectural forms. The building is characterised by its fluid and organic shapes, devoid of traditional edges and angles. It also has no visible columns or supports, which adds to its impression of lightness and fluidity.

The building is extremely imposing, with a distinctive curvilinear form that gives it a unique character. Its façade is made of glass and aluminium, giving the whole building a light and modern appearance.

The building's construction is based on the use of large prefabricated structural elements, which have been composed in such a way as to create flowing curves and forms. This has made it possible to achieve unique shapes that would be difficult to achieve with traditional construction methods.

The centre consists of 3 sections: The Heydar Aliyev Museum, the exhibition halls (on 9 floors) and the auditorium and multipurpose hall.

These include a large auditorium with a capacity of 967 people, a smaller auditorium with a capacity of 500 people, a multipurpose hall with seating for 300 people, an exhibition hall with a total area of 2,500 square metres, and a conference hall with a capacity of 800 people. In addition, there is also an open-air amphitheatre with seating for 1,500 people.

In the evening, the building is illuminated, emphasising its dynamic curves and creating a striking night view. The lighting emphasises the fluidity of the building's form. One of the visual effects of this building is that, from certain perspectives, there appears to be no one fixed 'front' or 'back' side. This creates the impression that the building is fully three-dimensional.

The Heydar Aliyev Centre is a venue of great interest to both Baku residents and tourists visiting the city. Various cultural events such as concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions are held here throughout the year. The building has become an important cultural centre in Azerbaijan and attracts many artists from all over the world.

The building is also an important part of Baku's landscape. Its modern architecture stands out from other buildings and is an important part of the urban landscape. With its unique form and eye-catching façade, the building has become one of the most important symbols of modernity and development in Azerbaijan.

The interior of the project takes into account the Islamic history and architectural elements prevalent in the region. This is evident in the rows, grids or series of pillars in perspective, typical features of Islamic architecture. In addition, the building also presents a series of reliefs in the form of calligraphic and decorative patterns on carpets, walls, ceilings or domes.

The building was named after Heydar Aliyev, former president of Azerbaijan. It is an important element of Baku's urban landscape and a symbol of modernity and advanced architectural thinking.

The Heydar Aliyev Centre has won numerous awards for design and innovation. It was awarded the Design Museum's Design of the Year Award in 2014, a high accolade for architect Zahi Hadid and her team.

Official website: https://heydaraliyevcenter.az/


  • Normal: 15 azn.
  • Concessionary (Azerbaijani residents, etc.): 10 azn.
  • Concessionary (veterans, disabled): 2 azn.
  • Children under 6 years: free.

Open hours

  • The centre is open daily from 11am to 7pm, except on certain public holidays.

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Zaha fan
Zaha fan
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Bardzo ciekawa bryła, zresztą, jak wszystkie od tej architektki :) Piękne projekty wyszły spod jej ołówka :)
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