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Old July 12th, 2010, 09:21 AM   #1021
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Old July 17th, 2010, 11:28 PM   #1024
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Sea Breeze is completed

Sea Breeze, an upscale village built by Agalarov Junior can be rightfully called the herald of the future 7-star resort miracle called Flamingo – a project launched by Crocus Group president Aras Agalarov to be built in Nardaran.

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Beautiful project, but people looks like they from early 1990
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Old July 18th, 2010, 12:25 AM   #1026
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Beautiful project, but people looks like they from early 1990
If you mean their skinny jeans fyi they are in fashion again
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Old July 19th, 2010, 09:10 AM   #1027
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Baku Luxury Hotel Building Spree Hopes to Attract Mega-Events
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Architectural picture of the planned Four Seasons Baku. (Image courtesy Reardon Smith)


Architectural picture of the planned Flame Towers, which will include the Fairmont. (Image courtesy Dia Holding)


Architectural picture of the planned JW Marriott Baku. (Image courtesy Reardon Smith)

It started with chic shops and restaurants, and a hipster modern art museum. Now, in a bid to lure international conferences and events, Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, is experiencing a luxury hotel building boom.

Six large (on average, 300 rooms each) five-star international hotels -- Fairmont, Four Seasons, JW Marriott, Hilton, Kempinski and Dedeman -- are under construction now in Baku. The Four Seasons, Hilton and Dedeman should open in early 2011; the others by 2013.

But this is not just about attracting well-heeled tourists. It is about making Baku competitive as a mega-event mecca.

If Azerbaijan’s Eurovision contestant, Safura, had triumphed at the annual pop extravaganza this year, Baku would not have had the facilities to host the event in 2011, noted Faig Gurbatov, national coordinator of the government’s Tourism Development Project, an initiative run jointly with the United Nations Development Programme.

Currently, Baku features only a few luxury hotels run by international chains -- the Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Radisson Blu and Ramada Baku. A single room at this level of hotel runs $260 per night, on average, according to Tourism Development Project data.

That leaves the government with a problem – too few international-level hotel rooms to go around. Hotels may have boomed in Azerbaijan in 2009 – the State Statistics Committee reports a 22-percent increase – but just 89 of the 452 establishments are located in Baku. And they have the capacity to handle only about 7,800 guests.

That means a potential crunch on space. The government had to contend with a “shortage” of hotel rooms during the high-profile Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference this June, commented Ilham Behbudov, a partner in Baku’s Corporate Real Estate Solutions property consulting firm. “Baku still has a relatively small demand for luxury hotels,” Behbudov said.

Azerbaijan has seen the number of foreign visitors more than double since 2002 – from 576,000 in 2002 to over 1.4 million in 2009, the Tourism Development Project reports. (The number does not distinguish between tourists and business travelers).

Baku hopes those figures will increase further as it promotes the Caspian Sea city as a site for “conference tourism,” Gurbatov, the tourism official, said. “Each year, Baku hosts more government-sponsored conferences and other events. But the creation of the appropriate infrastructure -- luxury hotels, large expo-centers, convention centers, conference halls and stadiums -- will allow the government to bid on hosting large-scale international events.”

One 33,800-square-meter exposition center opened in Baku in May; the government has also begun construction of a 60,000-seat soccer stadium.

The sprawling 90,071-square-meter Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, designed to look like rippling waves, will open in 2013.

Attracting sporting events and conferences to these venues “is a matter of both the country’s prestige and commercial profit from foreign visitors,” Gurbatov added. One big bid is already on the table – for the final of the Union of European Football Associations Champions League, held this year in London.

Amid the construction surge, close attention is being paid to profitability, maintains a manager from ISR Capital Investments, the local property developer for the Hilton. He estimated that the 300-room hotel “will cost us more than $140 million in [privately funded] investments.”

“We have attracted a $91 million loan from the Turkish YapiKredi Bank for this purpose. Of course, we would not do that if we were not confident about the project’s financial efficiency,” said the manager, who asked not to be named.

Aside from the Hilton, ISR Capital Investments’ parent company, ISR Group, manages the Radisson and two smaller hotels, the Park Inn and Sultan Inn.
Other local companies are cashing in on the interest in luxury hotels, too.

The influential Pasha Holding, active in the banking, construction, travel and insurance sectors, will manage The Four Seasons and JW Marriott Hotels; Gilan Holding, with interests in the manufacturing, construction and food industries, is working on the Kempinski, while Azinco, part of Azersun Holding, the country’s largest food exporter, is handling the Fairmont.

Turkey’s Dedeman Hotels & Resorts Group will manage the Dedeman Baku Hotel.

For now, expectations run high that these groups will benefit from their investments – assuming that the government succeeds with its “conference tourism” strategy. Commented Kenan Aslanly, an analyst at Baku’s Public Finance Monitoring Center: “If this strategy is successfully implemented, the country will win both economically and politically.”
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Very beautiful projects!!=)
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Old July 20th, 2010, 10:25 PM   #1033
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Some more renderings from White City development project in Baku:

Baku City Mall

Baku, Azerbaijan

The Baku City Mall is a retail and entertainment magnet for both the new White City, Baku district and the entire city. Fully integrated with the new development and accentuated by the iconic Spine Bridge, the mall is a major landmark on both Nobel Blvd. and the Caspian Sea itself. Inspired by major international shopping districts and monuments including the Milan Galleria and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the mall is intended to become the most important urban shopping and leisure destination in
Azerbaijan. The exterior of the mall features a contemporary highly curved aesthetic, using precision cut stone facades and columns, with glass and steel. The more than two million square foot interior of this massive complex includes many classical elements and is divided into several shopping zones or districts. These include a high fashion area, an entertainment district, an extensive traditional souk, a hypermarket, many cafes and restaurants and a modern international food court. The grade level plan of the three-level complex is in the form of a racetrack with several extensions that connect to the adjacent structures and open spaces. The entertainment and leisure district includes an Olympic size ice rink that overlooks the Caspian Sea, a multiplex cinema, a family entertainment center and a glass elevator that rises up through the interior of a three-story aquarium. F+A














Fountain Square

Baku, Azerbaijan

Fountain Square and the Fountain Square district are the heart of the entire White City, Baku development. The square, and the gardens and walkways to the north and south constitute the central spine of the entire master-planned district. This lushly landscaped and highly designed corridor of green open space, civic amenities and architecture, and pedestrian walkways links the Central Business District to the Baku City Mall and the Caspian Sea, including the iconic bridge over Nobel Blvd. The district slopes gently toward the shore and revolves around Fountain Square itself, a broad public plaza centered on a monumental fountain. This attractive public gathering place and pedestrian promenade, filled with fountains, ponds, benches, lawns and greenery, also has direct access to the Metro and other forms of transportation. The district includes a fashionable retail, residential and commercial neighborhood that surrounds the public park and connects to the rest of the city to the east and west. Filled with restaurants and cafes, a wide variety of shops, stores and services, Fountain Square encompasses a sunlit, open-air retail shopping and garden district with large courtyards and smaller courts, pedestrian streets and intimate lanes or mews. The retail district is strategically
integrated with urban residential buildings, both within the inner square and courtyard
area and immediately surrounding the central shopping district. F+A














Cable Stayed Bridge

Baku, Azerbaijan

The Cable Stayed Bridge is not only an extremely graceful, visually striking work of art and engineering; it is a vital part of the new infrastructure of Baku, Azerbaijan. Two
massive pylons join at an apex in shape of an immense wishbone. Cable stays hung
symmetrically from each side of this tapering apex suspend the bridge deck. The sleek, gracefully curved stainless steel tower rises at a sharp angle upward from the bridge high into the air. The equally graceful and taut suspension cables stretch from the tower to the deck of bridge at precisely calculated angles, perfectly balancing the force of gravity and the intrinsic stress on each side of the tower. This juxtaposition of forceful and dynamic elements brings forth an expressive representation of movement,
like a catapult in action. Designed for pedestrians, the bridge will be paved with stone and teak wood planks. The gleaming, burnished quality of the polished steel will be reflected in the glass railing on each side of the walkway. The sweeping, streamlined
shape of the bridge suggests a mid-air suspension of natural forces and objects, much like a bird in flight. The bridge is a lynchpin and focal point for the ensemble design of the entire district, creating the sense of a single public complex, a linear park extending the spine that runs through the city to the shore of the Caspian Sea. F+A










Baku City Mall Tower

Baku, Azerbaijan

The elliptical City Mall Tower soars vigorously upward, as if drawn toward the sun like a
living creature made of glass and steel. The curved surface of the structure is strategically clad in both clear and reflective glass. The reflective glass curves and tapers towards the summit, creating an illusion to the eye that the tower is opening itself up to the sky and expressing the expansive balconies at the upper levels. The clear glass covers the narrow ends of the ellipse, creating a sense of lightness and transparency. The reflective glass curtain wall envelops the broad sides of the oval, which are oriented toward the spectacular views of the coast of the Caspian Sea and old town Baku beyond. There are balconies at every level, but on the wide sides of the ellipse the balconies gradually increase in size toward the top, matching the tapering reflective glass wall and enhancing the sense of upward movement. The 100-meter tower comprises a four level penthouse hotel, five floors of residential apartments, and 16 levels of office space. The hotel, residences and offices each have separate entrances but share a common automotive drop-off. Parking is both adjacent and subterranean with the valet located underground. Adjacent to the public boardwalk on the Caspian Sea, this gleaming, subtly curvilinear structure towers over the adjacent Baku City Mall and the nearby Fountain Square Gardens. F+A









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Old July 20th, 2010, 11:59 PM   #1034
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^great projects, let's hope they will use new technologies to make those ares eco-friendly.
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Old July 21st, 2010, 12:35 AM   #1035
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I hope so too

BTW GREAT NEWS!!! We have 1st U/C building of White City

Construction of one building in Green Hill District is started. Constructor is AQP Insaat.

Construction start: May 2010
Construction end: December 2011



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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:12 AM   #1037
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Galnadar it's look like this Mall will be located on Karl Markx

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Some more renderings from White City development project in Baku:

Baku City Mall

Baku, Azerbaijan

The Baku City Mall is a retail and entertainment magnet for both the new White City, Baku district and the entire city. Fully integrated with the new development and accentuated by the iconic Spine Bridge, the mall is a major landmark on both Nobel Blvd. and the Caspian Sea itself. Inspired by major international shopping districts and monuments including the Milan Galleria and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the mall is intended to become the most important urban shopping and leisure destination in
Azerbaijan. The exterior of the mall features a contemporary highly curved aesthetic, using precision cut stone facades and columns, with glass and steel. The more than two million square foot interior of this massive complex includes many classical elements and is divided into several shopping zones or districts. These include a high fashion area, an entertainment district, an extensive traditional souk, a hypermarket, many cafes and restaurants and a modern international food court. The grade level plan of the three-level complex is in the form of a racetrack with several extensions that connect to the adjacent structures and open spaces. The entertainment and leisure district includes an Olympic size ice rink that overlooks the Caspian Sea, a multiplex cinema, a family entertainment center and a glass elevator that rises up through the interior of a three-story aquarium. F+A














Fountain Square

Baku, Azerbaijan

Fountain Square and the Fountain Square district are the heart of the entire White City, Baku development. The square, and the gardens and walkways to the north and south constitute the central spine of the entire master-planned district. This lushly landscaped and highly designed corridor of green open space, civic amenities and architecture, and pedestrian walkways links the Central Business District to the Baku City Mall and the Caspian Sea, including the iconic bridge over Nobel Blvd. The district slopes gently toward the shore and revolves around Fountain Square itself, a broad public plaza centered on a monumental fountain. This attractive public gathering place and pedestrian promenade, filled with fountains, ponds, benches, lawns and greenery, also has direct access to the Metro and other forms of transportation. The district includes a fashionable retail, residential and commercial neighborhood that surrounds the public park and connects to the rest of the city to the east and west. Filled with restaurants and cafes, a wide variety of shops, stores and services, Fountain Square encompasses a sunlit, open-air retail shopping and garden district with large courtyards and smaller courts, pedestrian streets and intimate lanes or mews. The retail district is strategically
integrated with urban residential buildings, both within the inner square and courtyard
area and immediately surrounding the central shopping district. F+A














Cable Stayed Bridge

Baku, Azerbaijan

The Cable Stayed Bridge is not only an extremely graceful, visually striking work of art and engineering; it is a vital part of the new infrastructure of Baku, Azerbaijan. Two
massive pylons join at an apex in shape of an immense wishbone. Cable stays hung
symmetrically from each side of this tapering apex suspend the bridge deck. The sleek, gracefully curved stainless steel tower rises at a sharp angle upward from the bridge high into the air. The equally graceful and taut suspension cables stretch from the tower to the deck of bridge at precisely calculated angles, perfectly balancing the force of gravity and the intrinsic stress on each side of the tower. This juxtaposition of forceful and dynamic elements brings forth an expressive representation of movement,
like a catapult in action. Designed for pedestrians, the bridge will be paved with stone and teak wood planks. The gleaming, burnished quality of the polished steel will be reflected in the glass railing on each side of the walkway. The sweeping, streamlined
shape of the bridge suggests a mid-air suspension of natural forces and objects, much like a bird in flight. The bridge is a lynchpin and focal point for the ensemble design of the entire district, creating the sense of a single public complex, a linear park extending the spine that runs through the city to the shore of the Caspian Sea. F+A










Baku City Mall Tower

Baku, Azerbaijan

The elliptical City Mall Tower soars vigorously upward, as if drawn toward the sun like a
living creature made of glass and steel. The curved surface of the structure is strategically clad in both clear and reflective glass. The reflective glass curves and tapers towards the summit, creating an illusion to the eye that the tower is opening itself up to the sky and expressing the expansive balconies at the upper levels. The clear glass covers the narrow ends of the ellipse, creating a sense of lightness and transparency. The reflective glass curtain wall envelops the broad sides of the oval, which are oriented toward the spectacular views of the coast of the Caspian Sea and old town Baku beyond. There are balconies at every level, but on the wide sides of the ellipse the balconies gradually increase in size toward the top, matching the tapering reflective glass wall and enhancing the sense of upward movement. The 100-meter tower comprises a four level penthouse hotel, five floors of residential apartments, and 16 levels of office space. The hotel, residences and offices each have separate entrances but share a common automotive drop-off. Parking is both adjacent and subterranean with the valet located underground. Adjacent to the public boardwalk on the Caspian Sea, this gleaming, subtly curvilinear structure towers over the adjacent Baku City Mall and the nearby Fountain Square Gardens. F+A










Inshallah it will be realised . Will be great place to live and work......
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New Baku

I wonder to know what is time period for completion Baku White City project?
I don't think it is short time period
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Don't looks so much promising....But if it will be located on place of Narimanov cinema it will be highly effective otherwise next AMAY on agenda
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