Heydar Aliyev Center - The Building That Captures Flowing Fluid

Heydar Aliyev Center – The Building That Captures Flowing Fluid

Heydar Aliyev Center is a modern marvel. A building shaped like frozen, flowing fluid. Its a genius use of interior lights to complement the exterior look.


From afar, this building may appear a magnificent bleach-white meander fabrication like any other great works you’ve seen. On closer look, you’ll be stunned by the sheer distinctive feature of the building.

Curved at a shrewdly sharp angle, you would have thought this infrastructure was impossible. The shape of the building gives you the mental image of flowing water transfixed to capture that perfect moment carved into a multifold magnified vision.  In fact, that’s what the Heydar Aliyev set out to do – a representative of fluid water emerged by the folding landscape’s natural topography that establishes a continuous, fluid relationship between its surrounding plaza and the building’s interior.

Heydar Aliyev Center is situated at the capital of Azerbaijian on the Western coast of the Caspian Sea. Its design inspiration is heavily influenced by the former Soviet Union era. The building plays a pivotal role in the redevelopment of Baku by breaking away from the common building design of that era. It aimed to showcase the nation’s cultural programs and express the sensibilities of Azeri culture and its optimistic envision of Azerbaijian’s future outlook.

To put emphasis on the endless relationship between the exterior and the interior design of the building, the lighting has also been carefully considered and selected to add value to the entirety of the building.

For instance, the lighting used during the day and the one during the nighttime defers. During the day, the lighting gives volume that reflects the constant altering of the Center’s appearance according to the time, the day and even the angle of which the building is seen. When it reaches the nighttime, the lighting will gradually transform to catch your attention on the exterior surfaces. It enhances the curving shape to maintain the fluidity between the interior and exterior.

The clever use of semi-reflective glass gives the enticing glimpse into the building just enough to fuel the growing curiosity to step into the building to witness the fluid trajectory indoor.

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