The Heydar Aliyev Center is a 57,500 m² building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles.
Cindy Sherman is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits.
Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80) is a series of 69 black and white photographs of the artist herself enacting various generic female film characters from 1950s, and 60s Hollywood, film nior and European art-house films. Her aim is not to recreate the scenes but to re-examine women’s stereotypical roles in history and contemporary society.
All images Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures. © Cindy Sherman
La Muralla Roja, Spanish for ‘The Red Wall,’ is a post modernist housing project located in the area of Calpe in the Alicante region in Spain. Designed by architect Ricardo Bofill, the building appears as if it is emerging from the rocky cliffs it sits on.
The structure is heavily influenced by the North African tradition of the casbah, a fort with high walls and few windows. The striking colours that cover the outer and inner facades are selected to either contrast with nature or complement its purity.
The 50 apartments of the project a are linked by a series of uniform stairs, landings and bridges, giving the impression of interlocking cubes. The variations of spaces connect create a labyrinthine complex of shifting and ambiguous scale, designed to a precise geometric plan based on the typology of the Greek cross.
All images courtesy of Ricardo Bofill