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Old August 23rd, 2010, 05:12 AM   #1121
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Old August 25th, 2010, 09:51 AM   #1122
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Old August 25th, 2010, 10:00 AM   #1123
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Lifestyle Center is a social residence having the purposes of Accommodation, Relaxation, Working and Entertainment which will be constructed on the land located in Buzovna town of Baku City of Azerbaijan. Gross building area is 7543 m². In the general lay-out of the complex, Main Building, Entrance Building, Sports Facilities, Technical Areas and Pool are located. Main Building consists of 3 normal floors and one basement floor. General architectural planning consists of two blocks and main entrance portal. One of the block has 9 quest rooms and multipurpose areas for the use of quests. The other block is the areas designed for the manager. Each two blocks are connected from the portal in the middle. Vertical circulation is maintained from here. In basement floor; relaxation, fitting rooms, showers and toilets, service rooms, laundry and dry cleaning, industrial cuisine and cold storages, vegetable and dry commodity storages, mechanical and electronical control rooms for personnel are available.

In the ground floor; 2 pieces of multi-purpose hall (restaurant, reception room, meeting room), toilets for men and women, 2 pieces of meeting room, 1 piece of special restaurant, 2 pieces of special studying room, reception and welcoming hall and service places are available. In the first floor; double suit room together with 9 pieces of bathroom, 2 pieces of Turkish bath, fitness and massage room, 2 pieces of special meeting room, 2 pieces of special studying room, 1 piece of dressing room, headship accommodation section together with studying room and service places are available. In the second floor, a swimming pool with a folding top is available. The structure of the building is reinforced concrete. Roof luminaries and foyer roofs are dissolved by steel construction. Electrical and mechanical systems are dissolved by intelligent systems with central control and which can be located separately for each unit. Plain and net sites in its interior architecture will be composed by using a rich concept and quality materials. The construction of the building continues.



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Old August 25th, 2010, 10:05 AM   #1124
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Old August 25th, 2010, 10:08 AM   #1125
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Removable,low-budget, non-sportive or competitive, mostly entertainment oriented Ice Skate Rings with an average capacity of 200 spectators and accomodating basic gastronomical functions were demanded to be built in various locations in the city center of Baku. For this scope 3 different options based on varying strategies are projected.

ICE DOME : THe idea of ‘Ice Tent’ Project is based on the Space Frame System built aproximately on 1500 m2 surface having 26 m diameter and this modular tent’s radius can be enlarged by prolonging the structure and to make it fit to the plot. The present offer handles the area in square meters which accommodates the optimal skating rink and the functional spaces are suggested as moveable “stands” within open planning. The sugested stands are to bring down the cost and to form the dialectic within the dome easily structured amorphous geometrical patterns. İf required, stands can be removed making the place available for other activities. To reduce the Space Frame System Project cost and for achieving the analogous aesthetical effects same with İCE CUBE alternative canvas or textile may be used. But depending on the project and its prestige demands a shopping area can be offered.

ICE WORLD : ‘Ice World’ is an option as an alternative to the alternatives Ice Cube and Ice Dome as a permanent option and is suggested as a concrete structure. It is situated in a 800 sqm construction area on an axial plan. The entrance and check point is directed to a central hall and a cafe area on this axis accomodating the perception of the ring area and the functional spaces are plugged – in to this main axis. Additionally it is projected to enlarge the building up on the possibilities of the land and space requirements along this axis. Furthermore the ring area is projected to be ‘convertible’ as an arena on demand.

ICE CUBE : ‘Ice Cube’ option is consisting of a modular, sectional steel system ‘pluged in’ to a 200 sqm functional strip. A number of 200 spectator seat, and a 300 sqm natural ice ring area is proposed as an optimum adviced necessity to generate a healty ring environment over a total of 1000 sqm of construction area. The concept is based on the proposal of expansion of the building upon shifting of the 4.5 m basic modules. Enclosed spaces as adressed as ‘ functional strip’ consists of entrance, ticket sales and check point, renting and sales units, WC’s and a climatized cafe and administration space on the upper floor. The space surrounding the ring is reserved as a ‘free space’ consisting of kiosks and viewing areas. Additionally an open bar area is also proposed for the users of the ring. The ‘envelope’ of the ‘ Cube ‘ is proposed to be either Polycarbone or Profilit Glass System, even to Project the ephemeral character of the building besides to control the daylight and to support the image of ‘Ice Cube’ in night vision with artificial lightning. Polycarbon is suggested to minimize system weights and construction costs.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 11:11 AM   #1127
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The new Baku (Business Traveller)

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The new Baku

Oil wealth is transforming Azerbaijan’s capital at a rapid rate, says Mark Caswell

If you had to guess the world’s fastest-growing economy of the past few years, what would you say? Most people would probably plump for China, possibly India – maybe even Dubai before the bubble burst.

It’s unlikely many would consider the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan, with a population of less than ten million inhabitants. But between 2006 and 2008 this oil- and gas-rich country topped the GDP real-growth rate table, and was only beaten into second place in 2009 by the Middle Eastern emirate of Qatar.

To understand why, you need to go back to the early 1990s, when Azerbaijan emerged from the shadows of Russian rule following the collapse of the Soviet Union. There followed three more years of instability caused by the war with Armenia over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh in south-western Azerbaijan – the territory remains disputed to this day but a ceasefire was reached in 1994. After that came a 30-year agreement between the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and about a dozen oil firms, including BP and Exxon, to explore the country’s deepwater oil fields.

Huge revenues from oil and gas have brought boom times to Baku, the capital and home to more than a fifth of the country’s population. Everywhere you look, cranes signal another residential or hotel development, while older buildings in the city centre have been scrubbed to within an inch of their lives to project a feeling of wealth in line with the luxury boutiques now housed inside.

The city lies at a crossroads between east and west, and ideologically, although about 95 per cent of its inhabitants are Muslim, and Azerbaijan was the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2009, the country officially remains a secular state, and only a small minority of the population attend mosques. Azerbaijan joined the Council of Europe in 2001, and the country has courted global recognition, including a bid for the 2016 Olympic Games (it was unsuccessful).

At the forefront of new Baku is Pasha Construction, a private investment consortium responsible for two forthcoming mixed-use developments – Port Baku Towers and Port Baku Residence. So called because they are to be built on the site of the city’s port, which is being rebuilt away from the centre, the Towers project will comprise 65,000 sqm of office space, restaurants and a spa and health centre, while Port Baku Residence will have 375,000 sqm of residential and retail units, complete with a gym and wellness complex, and conference space.

Ahead of this, Pasha will open two hotels in the city next year – the Four Seasons Baku, and JW Marriott Absheron Hotel and Residences. With expats flooding in to work in the oil and gas industry, Baku is crying out for international hotel brands, with only two Hyatt properties (Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt), and a further two Rezidor hotels (Radisson Blu and Park Inn) already established here.

The 177-room Four Seasons is located next to SOCAR’s headquarters, facing the seafront promenade, and features an exterior inspired by late-19th century French architecture, reminiscent of the Four Seasons George V in Paris. Facilities will include two restaurants, an 800 sqm business centre, a 1,500 sqm ballroom, and 1,600 sqm of spa and fitness space. The 20-storey JW Marriott Absheron will overlook Freedom Square and will feature 228 rooms, a 1,000 sqm ballroom, 16 levels of private residences and apartments, and office and retail space.

In addition, Pasha is developing the 152-room Amburan Marriott Beach Resort on the shores of the Caspian Sea just outside the capital, with tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a bowling alley and 300 metres of private beach.

Not content with housing the city’s influx of new visitors, Pasha also wants to keep them entertained. It has recently opened Chinar, a trendy glass-fronted restaurant cum nightclub over two floors, with pan-Asian dining overseen by a team formerly of London’s Hakkasan. It has a VIP lounge and a teahouse with an outdoor terrace and bamboo grove. It’s the sort of place that would have been unthinkable under Soviet rule, and if the packed launch party was anything to go by – attended by members of the president’s family and an array of wealthy Azeris – it’s a sign of things to come.

Next year, Hilton and Fairmont are also due to boost the number of branded hotels in the city. Hilton’s first property in Azerbaijan is expected to open next autumn, and will feature 300 rooms, an indoor pool, a health club, two restaurants, and “extensive conference and meeting facilities”. The 347-room Fairmont Baku will form part of the futuristic three-pronged Flame Towers project, which will also include residential and commercial space. It will be located next to the city’s parliament buildings overlooking the Caspian Sea.

Initially, at least, these hotels will fulfil the growing market for business travel. The city’s tourism industry is in its infancy, and at more than £800 for a return economy flight with Bmi, it’s unlikely many from the UK will be visiting Baku for a weekend getaway any time soon. Still, Javad Marandi, managing partner of Pasha Construction, believes much has been done to make Azerbaijan attractive to international tourists.

“Over the past five years, substantial measures have been taken to improve our offering to tourists. These include the creation of eight national parks, improved infrastructure into the regions and a legislative focus on developing our tourism industry,” he says.

Work is also being done to restore the old walled inner city of Ichari Shahar, which is worth a visit if you have some spare time. A UNESCO World Heritage site, its attractions include the 12th-century Maiden Tower and Shirvanshah’s Palace. In 2008, a masterplan was drawn up for the restoration or conservation of every cobbled road and historic building in the district, right down to the underground infrastructure and street lighting. As a result, much of this area is under wraps at the moment as the works continue.

The city is also wooing tourists with the forthcoming Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, which will house a museum, library, landscaped gardens and 21,000 sqm of conference space. The complex is being designed by British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, who was responsible for projects including the forthcoming Dongdaemun Design Park and Plaza in Seoul, and who played an important role in Azerbaijan’s Olympics bid.

While Baku is no Dubai in terms of record-breaking buildings and huge reclamation projects, it is aiming to put itself on the map with a number of interesting construction projects. A circular walkway is being built on the shores of the Caspian that will stretch 30km from the Ahmadli area of the city to the location of what will be the world’s largest flag. At 2,625 sqm, the size of about four tennis courts, it will fly from a 160-metre high pole.

Marandi says: “The pace of change, growth and internationalisation in Baku is astonishing to people who don’t know our city. But as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies for several years, we are more than used to this pace of change. What would a few years ago have seemed an impossible step now seems like business as usual. Baku is ready.”

Getting there

Bmi (flybmi.com) flies daily from London Heathrow to Baku, and Azerbaijan Airlines (azal.az) offers a three-times weekly service between the two capitals.

Useful links

* pashaconstruction.com
* fourseasons.com
* marriott.com
* hilton.com
* fairmont.com
* chinar-dining.com
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Old August 25th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #1128
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Flame Towers - August 2010

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Old August 25th, 2010, 05:33 PM   #1129
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Azerbaijan flag's flagpole is the highest flagpole over the world. Yesterday we opened it officially.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 11:23 AM   #1131
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На Бакинском бульваре открыт 5D - кинозал
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На днях в Баку на территории бульвара (Национальный приморский парк) был открыт мини-кинозал для просмотра фильмов в формате 5D.

Управление Национального приморского парка прилагает максимальные усилия для того, чтобы гости и жители столицы Азербайджана могли на территории бульвара не только отдохнуть, но и просмотреть кино с объемным изображением в формате 5D.

Как сообщил 1news.az заместитель начальника Управления Назим Меджидов, стоимость билетов на сеанс составит 5 манатов.

«Стоимость одного сеанса протяженностью 10 минут - 5 манатов. За это время можно просмотреть один или два фильма и испытать целый спектр самых различных ощущений.

Многие зрители в кинозале удивляются, когда во время просмотра фильмов реально на коже видят капли воды. Это хорошо работают спецэффекты. Я думаю, что лучше один раз просмотреть фильм в формате 5D, чем пытаться передать те ощущения, которые испытывает зритель, сидя в кресле, которое постоянно движется», - отметил в интервью 1news.az Назим Меджидов.

Наряду с этим он заявил, что на территории бульвара и в дальнейшем будут появляться новейшие достижения в области просмотра фильмов. Отметим, что для просмотра фильмов в новом формате для зрителей существуют возрастные ограничения.
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If architecture is a glamorous fashion event, then Baku is definitely a show-stopper! Good and great building designs!
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