Autoban-designed Heydar Aliyev International Airport launches in Azerbaijan

Famous Turkish Architecture and Design office Autoban has just sent us their recent project Heydar Aliyev International Airport launches.

The new terminal at Azerbaijan’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport recently opened in the country’s capital of Baku. The landmark terminal 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.

This use of narrative and unconventional use of forms is typical of Autoban’s idiosyncratic approach. For more than a decade, the studio has developed a reputation for its imaginative, human approach to design, creating spaces that are firmly rooted in cultural, social and geographic narratives, yet offer unexpected and thought-provoking experiences to their inhabitants and visitors.


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.

Autoban have also conceived, designed and furnished four handsomely appointed ‘Salam Lounges’ exclusively for business class use, extending the best of their hospitality expertise to these premium passengers.


Now spanning 58,000 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.


Internationally renowned, Istanbul-based multidisciplinary design studio Autoban was founded in 2003 by Seyhan Ozdemir and Sefer Caglar, and later joined by Efe Aydar. Now employing 35 staff, Autoban works across architecture and interiors, product and experiential design, forging a reputation for thoughtfulness, experimentation and craftsmanship.

Approaching each project initially as storytellers, their work seeks to understand the character and context of each project. Each element is informed by a uniquely space-centric approach, blending wit with sophistication, and minimal forms with rich materials.

With a portfolio that includes transportation, commercial, retail, and office developments, their work is typified by familiar forms and materials repurposed in vital, contemporary ways.

Their work has redefined Istanbul’s cityscape, including numerous hospitality, retail, residential and public realm developments, and is now also found in London, Madrid, Hong Kong, Moscow and China, as well as Azerbaijan. Their signature furniture and lighting range is sold around the world.

Thanks Autoban team for sharing their project with us and we wish them maintain their international success.

Project Location: Bakü, Azerbeycan
Project Type: Havalimanı terminali
Client: Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL)
Project Time. 2012-2014
Total Area: 65.000 m²
Design: Seyhan Özdemir, Sefer Çağlar / Autoban
Corporate and Commercial Management: Efe Aydar
Project Team: Müge Çakır, Avni Alçın, Elif Özbay, Necmi Tığlı, Kutay Yorulmaz, Gökhan Uzun, Kerim Özkan, Zeynep Akten, Bilal Aydın, Kerem Özerler, Hani Troudi, Güven Yalın, Nihal Akarsu

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