The London Design Museum has announced their winner of the 2014 Design of the Year is London based architect Zaha Hadid. The choice is a historical one, as Zaha not only becomes the first architectural design to win the award, but also the first female. Now in its seventh year, the annual design award recognizes outstanding achievement in the fields of architecture, design, fashion, furniture, graphics, product, and transport. Zaha’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan was chosen over 70 other nominees, besting six other finalists.
With sweeping, powerful lines that serve both form and function, the Heyday Aliyev Center houses a museum, auditorium, and convention center in the Azerbaijan capital city. The crisp white lines and bold structure make it a beacon for the future in the former Soviet country. More information on Zaha’s work is available on her architectural website, and visit the LDM website to see the six other category winners she beat out.