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Biomes and Biodiversity Feature in Azerbaijan's Pavilion for Milan 2015

Azerbaijan has recently unveiled the design of “Treasure of Biodiversity,” its dedicated pavilion for Expo Milano 2015, marking the first time the country has participated at a Universal Exposition. Designed by Italian firm Simmetrico Network, the pavilion aims to reflect the unique cultures and landscapes of Azerbaijan while acting as a model of sustainable design. Complete with biospheres and undulating walls, the pavilion’s unique form takes cues from the central Expo theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and hopes to engage visitors with the values of protected biodiversity. 

Baku Flame Towers / HOK

  • Architects: HOK
  • Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Area: 234500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Farid Khayrulin

© Farid Khayrulin © Farid Khayrulin © Farid Khayrulin © Farid Khayrulin

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Baku White City Office Building Proposal / ADEC – Azerbaijan Development Company

The Baku White City Office Building Proposal by ADEC – Azerbaijan Development Company just received the awards for Office Architecture and Office Development at the Asia Pacific Property Awards event last week. A development of an international level, Baku White City Office Building features offices and commercial areas. A beautiful plaza is planned in front of the building where the foundation stone of Baku White City is situated, and which will become a beginning of a vibrant promenade along the Nobel Avenue. More images and information on the award-winning project after the break.

Azercosmos / Nariman Architecture

© Shahin Huseinov
© Shahin Huseinov
  • Architects: Nariman Architecture
  • Location: Azerbaijan
  • Architect in Charge: Nariman Imamaliev
  • Design Team: A.Elchin, M.Urfan, H.Nigar, I.Samira, A.Susan, A.Nigar, Q.Rafael
  • Constructors: Sakhavat Asadov, Abdulla Ahmadov
  • Area: 2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Shahin Huseinov

© Shahin Huseinov © Shahin Huseinov © Shahin Huseinov © Shahin Huseinov

Azerbaijan Tower Proposal / Avesta Group

© Avesta Group
© Avesta Group

With plans to become the world’s tallest building at about 3645 feet, the Azerbaijan Tower is being built on a series of artificial islands, the Khazar Islands, in the Caspian Sea 16 miles south of Baku, Azerbaijan.  Avesta Group, the company behind the project, is expecting to have the skyscraper completed by 2019 at an estimated cost of $2 billion. With 189 floors, it is expected to surpass the the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai and Saudi Arabia’s proposed 3280 foot Kingdom Tower. More images can be viewed after the break.

Zaha’s Heydar Aliyev Center on Fire

Zaha Hadid’s recently-opened Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku caught fire today. Flames started in the ceiling and, according to the Emergency Situations Ministry and Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office, were successfully prevented from spreading throughout the inner parts of the museum. Thankfully, no one has been hurt.

It hasn’t been long since the architecture world was sadden by a fire that caused extensive damage to Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles.

Reference: Today.AZ

Heydar Aliyev International Airport / RSA Design Group

© RSA Design Group
© RSA Design Group

The existing airport in Baku currently serves both international and domestic flights. The local airport authority is currently in the process of building a new international terminal building. RSA Design Group was asked to submit a proposal for the renovation of the existing building. The renovated structure would be repurposed as a domestic terminal, with all international flights passing through the new terminal building. More about the Heydar Aliyev International Airport after the break.