zaha hadid | heydar aliyev cultural center shapes azerbaijan
the eagerly anticipated heydar aliyev cultural center by zaha hadid has been completed and is currently hosting ‘miniature azerbaijan,’ exhibition of small models that depict seminal works of azerbaijani architecture. the showcase is indicative of an overarching goal— that the built form be a fitting tribute to the philosophy of democracy and nation building that so characterized the political and economic reforms of heydar aliyev, the third president of the country from the new azerbaijan party and formerly leader of soviet azerbaijan. the building has already become an important organizing beacon in the landscape, both visually with crisp, white soaring curves and culturally with a steady program of exhibitions and presentations on the history, linguistic complexity and myriad civilizations that have built azerbaijani culture.
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