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SOCAR Tower, Baku

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SOCAR Tower is the tallest building in Azerbaijan skyscraper in Baku, Azerbaijan and in the entire region of the Caucasus. The building is the headquarters of SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic). Construction started in 2010 and completed in 2016. The SOCAR Tower located on Heydar Aliyev Avenue, a long highway from the main airport to the downtown, which is visible on the way to the city center, becomes one of the landmarks of Azerbaijani capital, along with Flame Towers and other architectural masterpieces.
Architectural style of the building is a structural expressionism.
Designed by Heerim Architects from South Korea, the two-tower project will rise from an elongated, canopy-like podium and snake its way skywards. Curving into each other, the seemingly shorter tower almost looks like its resting its head on the chest of the taller tower. The taller tower's peak is slightly bending over it in a confident, reassuring manner. The project will be 209 meters tall and will have 42 floors, covering an area of 12,000 square meters and providing 100,000 square meters of usage area. The headquarters will mainly house office space but will also have conference and sports facilities, a guest house, retail spaces and food outlets.
The building design will be based on a composite system of steel construction with reinforced concrete walls. The building is designed to be resistant to wind speeds of 190 kilometers per hour and a magnitude nine earthquake by the Richter scale.
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  • I first saw SOCAR Tower, which lies on Heydar Aliyev Avenue, when I returned to downtown Baku from Zaha Hadid‘s Heydar Aliyev Center. Actually, I am very enthusiastic about the fact that Azerbaijan gi...  more »
  • This is the home of the State oil co of Azerbaijan. It is the tallest building here and sits alongside another building that is actually shaped like the original Oil Well that started it all here. I’m...  more »
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