New HQ is set to be one of the world’s hottest new skyscrapers
Resembling a giant, flickering blue flame this mesmerising tower being built in Azerbaijan proves that when it comes to skyscraper design the traditional trend of rigid rectangles is definitely cooling off.
Unusual flame design
At a cost of over $235m and created by Heerim Architects of South Korea to bring together the elements of wind and fire, the design of this towering inferno is truly sparked by its occupants – the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
And the company is naturally getting fired up about its new HQ, which at 660 ft high is blazing ahead to being the tallest building in the whole Caucasus region – and that includes Russia and Armenia. SOCAR’s 2,000 employees won’t just find state-of-the-art office space but conference and sports facilities, a guesthouse, shops and restaurants within its 40 floors.
An iconic towering inferno
Construction of the new SOCAR tower started in 2010, but its unusual flame design has already stoked the interest of the architectural world. It’s actually two separate towers, which join together in harmony as they rise skywards from a singular base, cumulating in a point at the top.
There’s more to this skyscraper than meets the eye
But there’s more to this skyscraper than meets the eye. Its shape and concrete and steel construction was actually designed to withstand the heavy seismic activity and strong winds in the Baku region where it stands.
In fact, its ability to cope with the natural elements was laboratory tested in a virtual environment, and the SOCAR tower upon completion will be able to withstand winds of 190km an hour and earthquakes of up to nine-magnitude.
To become one of the hottest skyscrapers in the world?
This engineering excellence combined with cutting-edge design will make SOCAR’s new HQ one of the hottest skyscrapers in the world when it finally opens its doors in early 2014.