Flowing Kinds: Curved New Cultural Center by Zaha Hadid
Report by Steph, filed beneath Public & Institutional in the Architecture class.
Architect Zaha Hadid’s styles are graceful and sinuous, imbued with dance-like motion, and the new Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan is no exception. This landmark framework, which will host the former soviet nation’s cultural programs, swoops above itself in glossy white ribbons, hunting as if it had been stretched and pulled into area by human hands.
This malleability and the natural forms that inspired it types a stark contrast to the conventional, historical Soviet architecture of the city of Baku. Whilst not so well-recognized in the United States, this city stands at the forefront of architectural innovation as the Azerbaijan government spends an estimated $6 billion per 12 months on new buildings. Other notable performs of modern day architecture in the city include the Flame Towers.
Hadid’s design is a contemporary interpretation of Islamic architecture as a composition of rows, grids, or sequences of columns that collectively form a non-hierarchal area. An architectural skin flows from the plaza up onto the roof of the first floor, and then rises many stories to form a shell-like canopy.
The clean, curving lines of the roof structure are already inviting passersby to ascend the roof, and it’s almost certainly only a matter of time just before skateboarders flip it into 1 big exhilarating playground.