Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Centre is Baku, Azerbaijan has been named the winner of London Design Museum’s Design of the Year prize.
Hadid has become the first woman in seven years to receive the Design Museum’s annual award, which was announced during a ceremony at St Martins Lane Hotel in London.
Hadid commented upon winning: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Design of the Year Award. The surface of the Heydar Aliyev Centre’s external plaza rises and folds to define a sequence of public event spaces within; welcoming, embracing and directing visitors throughout the building.
“It’s an architectural landscape where concepts of seamless spatial flowers are made real- creating a whole new kind of civic space for the city,” she added.
“It’s beautiful, it’s inspiring, it’s the clear vision of a singular genius and we thought it was a remarkable piece of work,” said writer, broadcaster and jury chair Ekow Eshun.
Last week, Hadid told architecture and design blog Dezeen, that she felt the centre was the most important of her recent project, in addition to her Aquatics Centre for London 2012 Olympics.