Rumours of new tallest tower

Friday 20 Apr 2012

Azerbaijan Tower in the works?

News has been leaked that Azerbaijan is planning to surpass Skidmore Owings and Merrill’s 828m Burj Khalifa and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s proposed 1,000m Kingdom Tower in Jeddah with a 1,050m spire in its capital city of Baku. An architect for the scheme has not yet been named.

The city has undergone a dramatic transformation. Azerbaijan is recognised as having one of the earliest recorded settlements and has undergone a turbulent history as its fate passed from dynasty to dynasty until it became part of the Russian Empire in 1813. The oil-rich land tempted a Soviet invasion in the early twentieth century which led to the formation of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, a title which the country only shook off some twenty years ago.

Since this emergence into independence Azerbaijan has flourished architecturally, instigating a new range of large-scale architectural projects over the past few years. In a month’s time the city of Baku will host the Eurovision Song Contest at gmp’s predictably angular Crystal Hall venue and Atkins has unveiled plans for a 220 hectare masterplan for White City.

Details of the world’s most recent tallest building are few and far between, with the name ‘Azerbaijan Tower’ floated on a preliminary basis. The spire is allegedly planned to sit on the edge of the Caspian Sea and overlook Baku’s major new development: Khazar Islands. This immense project involves the production of 41 artificial islands dubbed the ‘new Venice’ and is currently under construction.

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