The recently completed Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, has not only been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards, but has also been selected as a finalist for the Inside 2013 interior design awards. The spectacular new cultural centre impresses both by its sheer scale and its innovative design. Named after the third president of Azerbaijan, the governmentcommissioned building was designed by renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
Acting as a vibrant meeting place, which houses an auditorium, exhibition areas and various public spaces, the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre has already become an important force in local cultural life. With its white curving forms, it is a distinct landmark in the urban landscape, while the centre’s arts and events programme contributes to a better understanding and the strengthening of Azerbaijani culture.
Hadid insisted on working with Bolidt on this project. The centre features 15,000m2 of Bolidtop® 525, spread over the vast floor area of the het five-storeyed building. The design concept with its flowing white lines is continued in the interior.
The glazed facades of the building allow natural light to flood the interior spaces, which complemented by elegant strips of white neon on the ceiling, adds extra lustre to the immaculately white Bolidt flooring.
Because of the great number of visitors and activities at the centre, Bolidt has installed sound-damping floors in several spaces. Bolidt has specifically developed the Bolidtop® 525 Combi system for the museum sector, one of the many specific sectors that Bolidt supplies with specialist solutions.
All the systems in the Bolidtop® range are non slip, wear resistant and extremely durable, allowing het Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre to focus on surprising its guests with highquality cultural offer for many years to come. Bolidt will continue to focus on the worldwide application of its flooring systems.
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