Hadid’s Baku cultural centre named photograph of the year at WAF


This image of the cavernous interior of Zaha Hadid’s  Heydar Aliyev Centre has been named architectural photograph of the year at the World Architecture Festival.

The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges that included architects Terry Farrell, Bjarne Hammer of Schmidt Hammer Lassen, along with Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown of Brooklyn studio Tsao & McKown Architects.

The overall winner, voted for by visitors to the festival, was a shot by British photography duo Hufton + Crow of Zaha Hadid’s project in Baku, Azerbaijan – a cultural centre featuring walls that rise seamlessly from the surface of the surrounding plaza.

“The shoot for Zaha Hadid Architects in Azerbaijan was one of those rare occasions these days where Nick and I both travelled together and shot a project at the same time,” said Allan Crow. He and colleague Nick Hufton had three shots of the building among the shortlist.