Heerim Architects has attempted to reinvent the skyscraper beyond the traditional with two lunar inspired projects in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Korean firm has dreamed up Full Moon Bay and Caspian Plus that includes Crescent Place on neighbouring peninsulas in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku that look on to the Caspian Sea - the two projects on opposite extremes of the same bay acting as gateway markers.
Hotel Full Moon is essentially a disc with rounded edges and a hole in one of the top corners that appears radically different to the view depending on the angle it is seen from. The frontage thanks to the bulging centre makes it appear more like a glass death star whilst the side profile is more than a little gherkinesque.
Changing appearance depending on the view is reinforced by the cladding treatment the architect has selected. The front will have a glass diagrid whilst the back will be covered with hexagonal honeycombs.
This main building will be a 35 storey luxury hotel with 104,182 square metres of space for only 382 rooms, a relatively small amount of rooms given the sheer size of the internal space on offer. It will reach a maximum height of 158.68 metres.
The hotel is linked via a zoomorphically shaped podium that snakes curvaceously around the boundaries of the site to two residential apartment blocks entitled Palace of Wind 1 and 2.
Acting as the counterpoint to Hotel Full Moon is Hotel Crescent, part of the Caspian Plus redevelopment that stands as a curving arch similar to a crescent moon. The arch-like nature of the building is revealed by the fact that the structure isn't a pure crescent on its inside relying on more regularly shaped columns to help provide it with support.
At 32 floors tall it will also be a luxury hotel, this time with 221 rooms. There will also be 128 serviced apartments in the building. Floor space will 128,140 square metres.
Behind it will stand a further four tall buildings, three of which will be residential with the tallest of the quartet being a 43 floor office building standing 203 metres tall.
Heerim Architects have not long been established in Azerbaijan. They only opened their office in the country in July 2007 and yet have already secured these two major projects that face transforming the capital of one of the world's fastest growing economies.
Sky Park is consist of 4 skyscrapers (two of the skyscrapers seem like the separated, but according to the project they will be the unique buildings) and a shopping mall.
The highest skyscraper will be 240m height 56-storey residential.
Heerim Architects & Planners Co. Ltd. is to build a new skyscraper fot the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan. The building is slated to be 149.4 meters high, 59,102 sq. m and to accommodate more than 2,000 employees. The building will have 2 underground and 35 overhead floors. Construction works are expected to start in the mid 2008.
Baku Flame Towers is a new project of Diaholding DIA HOLDING striking new addition to the skyline of Baku. Inspired by Azerbaijan’s long history with fire worshipping, the towers will be an eternal flame for a modern Baku.
Located on the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, the site is situated on a hill overlooking Baku Bay, the old city center and the park. With a site area of approx 28,000 m2, the project brief requires the development of detailed drawings for 3 towers located on a retail podium. The total construction built up area of the project is 234,500 m2.
The southern tower accommodates some 130 residential apartments
over 33 floors.
The Hotel, the most programmatically complex of the Flame Towers, is sited on the northern corner of the site and it consists of 250 rooms and 61 serviced apartments. Construction area of Hotel Tower is 56.292 m2 and it has 30 floors. Besides its health and wellness units like spa and fitness centers; Hotel Tower also has dual function both for recreational and for business related gatherings. *
The Office Tower is sited on the western side of the complex, between the Hotel and Residential Towers. It provides net 33.114 m2 of flexible commercial office space. 28 floors are grouped together into 4 tiers with each one allocated a dramatic 25 meter atria above a communal Sky Garden.
The construction is anticipated to start October 2007 and will be due for completion in April 2010.
The Baku Business Center redevelopment will provide a touch of modern design on the Baku promenade while providing the business community access to first class conferencing and exhibition space of 4000 sq m
Architect: Chapman Taylor (Milan)