When a hotel is housed within one of the most innovative architectural buildings in the world, where there is no straight line in evidence and when it is Azerbaijan’s tallest building, cleaning the windows takes on a whole new meaning.
When it is housed within the iconic Flame Towers Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital city, you can immediately sees the window cleaning challenge when faced with a building whose towers are curved and shaped like a burning flame.
When looking at the photograph of the complex with this post, focus on that black line near the top of the building or the “flick” of the flame as it is called. An automatic three man cradle is housed within on this, the maintenance floor – and the contraction swings out and descends slowly so the team can carefully clean each window.
Above the black line, well mountaineers are called for as there is really nothing for a cradle to latch onto. On ground level, it is relatively easy with just extended poles required for the building’s rather tall windows.
It has to be said, a head for heights is the most important job requirement for a window cleaner at the Flame Towers Complex!
Contributor: Sue Lowry. For sets of images of Baku, Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers, Khinalig, Gobustan, Ateshgah Fire Temple and Yanar Dag, visit Sue’s Flickr stream.
Sue Lowry travelled as a guest of Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers (a Magellan client) and British Airways. For a three night stay, prices – to include accommodation and flights – start at GBP808- subject to change. A visa for entry is required which can easily be arranged through the hotel.
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