Azerbaijan Week – Zaha Hadid’s Baku Vision

Zaha Hadid has created – in my humble opinion of course – one of the most beautiful buildings in the world with the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku.

Sweeping curves twist around the visitor with no one side like the other.  Coloured white for purity with an ever-lasting line to depict eternity, this has to be one of the most difficult buildings to construct as well as one of the most intriguing.

Having just visited Basel or rather the Vitra complex just outside and seen her very first building, you can certainly see how her vision has grown and expanded with this work finally completed on 10th May 2012.

A series of overlapping fluid surfaces, with all evidence of the frame of the building concealed, the building seems to defy gravity with its very shape.

I have taken quite a few people to see the building now and none are left unmoved by it. For me, I could come back and walk around it and within it and take something new from it, every time.

Others might disagree – but I stand by my first statement.  It’s a masterpiece of modern architecture and a must visit when travelling to Baku.  It really is the perfect building to showcase Baku’s cultural programme.

Contributor & photographer:  Sue Lowry.  For sets of images of Baku, Fairmont Baku, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, Flame Towers, Khinalig, Gobustan, Ateshgah Fire Temple and Yanar Dag, visit Sue’s Flickr stream.

Sue Lowry travelled as a guest of Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers (a Magellan client) and British Airways.  For a three night stay, prices – to include accommodation and flights – start at GBP808 – subject to change.  A visa for entry is required which can easily be arranged through the hotel.

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