• arch. Zeynep AKTEN

    Keynote Speaker GIS Conference, PROJECT: Heydar Aliyev International Airport Baku
    Design Coordinator at Autoban, Turkey

    Graduated from the department of Architecture in 2004, and completed a Masters degree in Architectural Design in 2008, both at Istanbul Technical University.

    Heydar Aliyev International Airport Baku, presented in GIS Bucharest 2015

    The new terminal at Azerbaijan’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport features interior architecture and experiential design by the globally acclaimed, Istanbul-based Autoban studio.

    Bearing all the hallmarks of the multidisciplinary studio’s experimental, genre- defying approach, the contemporary interiors overturn airport conventions of cavernous space and impersonal experience.

    Taking inspiration from Azerbaijani hospitality, Autoban’s Red Dot award-winning design spans the entirety of the terminal’s passenger spaces, and includes striking custom-made wooden ‘cocoons’ that create a sense of welcome and discovery, and opportunities to either meet or retreat.

    At Heydar Aliyev, their bespoke furnishings and lighting schemes upend airport typologies, opting for tactile natural materials such as wood, stone and textiles, gently and warmly lit. The cocoons – which vary in size and house an array of cafes, kiosks and other amenities – exist at the convergence of architecture and art, creating an inviting, intriguing landscape within the huge transportation hub that challenges expectations of the airport environment.
    Now spanning 65,000 square metres, more than six million passengers a year are expected to pass through the airport, enjoying Autoban’s thoughtful, highly functional and memorable gateway to the country and the wider Caucasus region.