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Old April 8th, 2010, 03:08 PM   #1
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BAKU | The Seven Peaks of Azerbaijan

The Seven Peaks of Azerbaijan

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Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (link to architect) have designed the masterplan for a carbon-neutral resort and residential development on
Zira Island in the Caspian Sea.

Zira Zero Island (link to official project website) is a 1.000.000 m2 master plan for a carbon neutral resort and residential development on Zira Island
located along the Caspian Sea. As a young post-soviet democracy, Azerbaijan is rediscovering its national identity by imagining Zira Island as
an architectural landscape based upon the country’s dramatic natural setting.

Located within the crescent-shaped bay of the capital city Baku, Zira Island includes the Seven Peaks of Azerbaijan which is envisioned by its
designers BIG Architects and the engineers Ramboll to be a sustainable model for urban development, and an iconographic skyline recognizable
from the city’s coastline.

Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner of BIG: “What we propose for Zira Zero Island is an architectural landscape based on the natural landscape of
Azerbaijan. This new architecture not only recreates the iconic silhouettes of the seven peaks, but more importantly creates an autonomous
ecosystem where the flow of air, water, heat and energy are channeled in almost natural ways. A mountain creates biotopes and eco-niches, it
channels water and stores heat, it provides viewpoints and valleys, access and shelter. The Seven Peaks of Azerbaijan are not only metaphors, but
actual living models of the mountainous ecosystems of Azerbaijan.”

Each of the Seven Peaks house a residential development derived from the geometry of a famous mountain in Azerbaijan. Individually each mountain
becomes a principle for mixing private and public functions. Together the mountains form an organic skyline merging with the natural topography of
the island. A dense vibrant urban community connected to a series of private resort villages by a central public valley and surrounding beaches. A
continuous public trekking path connects the mountains and invites visitors to scale the top of all seven peaks. In addition to the Seven Peaks the
Master Plan also includes 300 private villas that take advantage of their setting with panoramic views out over the Caspian Sea.

ZERO ISLAND
The vision of Zira Island is to create a new development that is entirely independent of external resources – in other words a self contained island.
By combining the best of the traditional Azerbaijani building tradition with the newest technology, Zira Island will provide excellent living spaces for
people, with a minimum usage of resources. It will be a showcase to the world combining high-end living with low end resource usage.

SUN
The buildings of the island are heated and cooled by heat pumps connecting to the surrounding Caspian Sea. Solar heat panels integrated in the
architecture create a steady supply of hot water, while photovoltaics on strategically located facades and roof tops power daytime functions as
swimming pools and aqua parks.

WATER
Waste water and storm water is collected and led to a waste water treatment plant, where it is then cleaned, processed and recycled for irrigation.
The solid parts of the waste water are processed and composted and finally turned into top soil, fertilizing the island. The constant irrigation and
fertilizing of the island supports the lush green condition of a tropical island, with a minimal ecological footprint.

WIND
Zira Zero Island benefits from the fact that Baku is “the city of wind”. By harvesting the wind energy through an offshore wind farm, the island will
have its own CO2-neutral power supply. Further by locating the wind turbines on sea, it transforms the existing offshore oil industry’s platforms &
foundations in Baku into a more sustainable future of wind turbine platforms.

LANDSCAPE
The landscaping of the island is derived from wind simulations of the microclimates created by the mountains. Swirly patterns created by the wind
moving its way through the Seven Peaks inform the planting of trees and the design of public spaces. Where the winds and turbulence are strongest
the trees becomes denser, creating lower wind speeds and thus a comfortable outdoor leisure climate.

Watch a great video of this project on Zira Island's website (click)


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Could not find this any thread about this project in this section, i hope i didn't make a double thread?
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Old April 8th, 2010, 03:10 PM   #2
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Render explaining each 'mountain'.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 03:19 PM   #3
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wow, cool!
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Old April 8th, 2010, 03:22 PM   #5
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Project video (recommended to watch)
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Old April 8th, 2010, 03:34 PM   #6
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I hope Avrositi Holding will start the realisation of this project soon
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Old April 8th, 2010, 04:17 PM   #7
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I hope Avrositi Holding will start the realisation of this project soon
Agree, have there really been any development news about the project since the project was launched?
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Old April 8th, 2010, 04:40 PM   #8
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Rate (and register!) this project at Urbika: http://urbika.com/projects/view/1575...ven-peaks-of-a
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Old April 10th, 2010, 01:36 AM   #9
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wow! it's really amazing, I would like to see this project built
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