A futuristic architectural masterpiece; one of the new symbols of the Azerbaijani capital, along with the famous Flame Towers. Every year Baku looks less and less like a grey post-Soviet city. Thanks to the income from the sale of oil, unusual buildings are growing in place of typical high-rise buildings and faceless concrete boxes, forming the image of an ultra-modern metropolis.
It is named after the third President of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev. The project of the center was developed in 2007 by architect Zaha Hadid.
In 2014, it was recognized as the best building in the world — the 2014 Design of the Year award.