Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku Azerbaijan – Zaha Hadid Architects

“In this practice we know how to do curvature and double curvature…Our project sits in such a way that it’s not within the old city. It’s at its perimeter, which is exciting because you’re working in an area that you can help to regenerate. We weren’t interested in mimicking past architectural styles, because we were excited by this idea of taking a public plaza and creating groundswells with it to create the architectural spaces. When you look at the past Soviet structures we wanted to break away from that rigid, introverted style.” Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu, Project Architect on Zaha Hadid Architects.