An Architectural Marvel

From the water!

I have to admit to a liking for contemporary architecture so it might come as no surprise to read that I am immensely looking forward – imminently – to seeing one of the most technically difficult buildings ever constructed – the glorious Flame Towers Complex.

The  Cityscape!

Set on the highest part and overlooking the entire city of Baku, Azerbaijan, the three-columned building is designed in the shape of a flame with even the tip of each tower designed with a “flick”.  One tower houses offices, another residential apartments and the third a hotel (our client) – Fairmont Baku – located in the northernmost block.

The waterfall Park

Barry Hughes, of HOK International, the architects for the build, tells us “The most impressive thing about the Towers is actually the shape.  We set out to make towers that were shaped like flames.  We were inspired by the ancient ideal of flame worship that was dominant in the region that is today Azerbaijan.”

The old meets the new!

He continues “For me, the most special thing is that sculptural object sitting there up on the hill.  You don’t see that anyplace else in the world at this scale. People invariably are going to Baku now and looking up on the hill and seeing those buildings and it still takes my breath away.”

All lit up!

I can’t wait to see this for myself very soon*.

*Projected opening of Fairmont Baku is early summer.

Contributor: Sue Lowry

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