The global skyscraper race is set have a spanner thrown in its works with a dark horse contender set to dominate the global architecture sector.
In a world where bigger is often taken to mean better, the world’s tallest towers gain global acclaim and notice. Promising to beat out both the already built tallest skyscraper the 828-metre Burj Khalifa and the proposed 1,000-metre Kingdom Tower in Jeddah is the rumoured ‘Azerbaijan Tower’.
With news only recently leaking out, the skyscraper said to be located in the county’s capital of Baku is set to be a whopping 1,050 metres tall, standing on the edge of the Caspian Sea as the centre point to the $100 billion Khazar Islands development.The development in its entirety will consist of 2,000 hectares comprising 41 artificial islands.
Recent reports suggest that the $2 billion skyscraper will stretch up 189 floors and will begin construction phases in 2015. Aesthetically, early renderings suggest a spire-shaped skyscraper nestled into surrounding cylindrical towers. The skyscraper, which sits almost floating between the tamed ocean areas and the organic coast, is expected to stand as the beginning of a cultural and architectural shift for Azerbaijan, which is undergoing a phase of extreme industry stimulus due to the country’s strong economic growth.
If completed, the skyscraper will certainly put a 50-metre dent in the legacy of the Kingdom Tower of Jeddah, relegating it to second-best before it even has a chance to break ground. However, with a possible industry boom in Azerbaijan, including the development of some innovative green building oriented projects, it appears the country will be setting in with long-term infrastructure and aesthetic-focused planning that won’t likely be going away, or losing momentum, any time soon.
Completion dates for the proposed tower sit between 2018 and 2019. With the details still foggy as to the logistics and overall design brief, the case of the ‘leaked’ world’s tallest skyscraper is sure to continue to unfold.
By Emily D’Alterio