Azerbaijan Oil Exhibition

The Azerbaijan Oil Exhibition is located in the headquarters of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) in Baku. It represents the history of Azerbaijani oil industry from its beginnings till the 21st century. Since prehistoric times, oil has been a useful resource but for Azerbaijanis it is also part of their identity. The exhibition provides a glimpse into the geology of Azerbaijan, it tells about the great Oil Boom of Baku oil industry at the turn of the 20th century, and testifies about the modernization and internationalization of Azerbaijani oil industry after the so-called Contract of the Century in 1994.

The exhibition shares a space with the library of SOCAR headquarters. So, one of the tasks for designers was to create a contemporary multimedia exhibition without comprising the functionality of the library. The exhibition is structured as a chronological timeline of the main achievements of Azerbaijani oil industry, and the account of technological development is enlivened and made easy to understand using contemporary museum techniques starting with installations of early oil derricks and ending with dioramas and 3D animations of contemporary oil platforms.