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The Heydar Aliyev Center is a 57,500 sq/m building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. The center is named after Heydar Aliyev, the first secretary of Soviet Azerbaijan from 1969 to 1982 and president of Azerbaijan Republic from 1993 to 2003.

The Heydar Aliyev Center has become a signature landmark of modern Baku due to its innovative and cutting-edge design. Extending on eight floor levels, the center accommodates a 1000 seat auditorium, temporary exhibition spaces, a conference center, workshop and a museum.

The building was nominated for awards in 2013 at both the World Architecture Festival and the biennial Inside Festival. In 2014, the Center won the Design Museum's Design in the Year Award 2014 despite concerns about the site's human rights record. This makes Zaha Hadid the first woman to win the top prize in that competition.

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