Drum roll please – 25 fabulous facts that you may or may not know about the recently opened Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers Azerbaijan and the city itself:
Fairmont Baku has:
- A museum quality collection of contemporary art collated by Farmboy Fine Arts.
- Is housed in one of the three towers comprising the Flame Towers Complex, designed by HOK International – spectacular views getting better the higher up you go!
- When the restaurant opens late summer/early Autumn, the property will feature the highest hotel restaurant in the city!
- Over 2,500 m² of meetings and event space
- An ESPA facility of nearly 5,000 m² – ESPA at Fairmont Baku – the company’s first spa in this part of the world (opening early Autumn) – loving the stunning handmade tiles ….
- A now you see it, now you don’t privacy glass being used in the guest bathrooms – a flick of a switch will turn those glass walls into an opaque panel for complete privacy (I loved playing with this! I know, I know … a big kid at heart)
- A seven story lobby with an incredible lobby chandelier that has five km of strands, weighs two metric tons, features 840 lights and is decorated with 600,000 crystal beads!
About the Flame Towers Complex opening over the next 18 months:
- It’s the tallest building in Azerbaijan
- Every evening, there is an LED light show illuminating the towers – one of the best free light shows in the world
- It occupies a total construction area of 249,070 m²
- The highest tower is the residences – 36 floors, 181.77 m high
- 1,500 tons of structural steel has been used in the construction …
- 235,000 m3 of concrete was poured
- There will be 6,000 m² of roof terraces
- There are 65,000 lighting fixtures
- There is 70,000 m² of glass facade – mountaineers are needed to clean the top of the towers or as they are called by the architecture – the flick of the flame – as there is no point to hold onto!
- There will be 11 water features – and two outdoor, two indoor and two kiddie pools
- There will be five cinema salons and one IMEX theatre
- The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid is one of the most spectacular modern buildings of all time … nary a straight wall in sight!
- Baku features British style London cabs – only they are purple not black!
- The Inner City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the first millennium.
- The Carpet Museum is the next contemporary building to open – on the main corniche – and its shaped like a rolled up carpet!
- The Caspian Sea around which Baku is situated isn’t a real sea at all – it once was – now landlocked, it’s really a huge lake.
- Rostropovich was born in Baku and lived there in his early years – there is a Rostropovich Festival every December in his honour with many globally-known classical musicians attending. And of course a museum …
Phew. Baku is an adventure I will never forget – get visiting soon!
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Contributor: Sue Lowry
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