Rendering of building
|Estimated completion||2013 (est.)|
|Roof||209 m (686 ft)|
|Floor count||42 (2 underground + 38 overhead dwelling + 2 overhead attic)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Heerim Architects & Planners Co. Ltd.|
SOCAR Tower is the tallest under construction building in Baku, Azerbaijan. It is located on Heydar Aliyev avenue. The building will be the headquarters of the SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic). Construction has started in 2010 and will be completed in 2013. It will also be the tallest building in whole Caucasus.
Designed by Heerim Architects from South Korea, the two towered project will rise from an elongated, canopy-like podium and snake their 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 towers peak slightly bending over it in a confident, reassuring manner. The towers will have 42 floors, at a height of 209 meters. Covering an area of 12,000 square meters and providing 100.000 sqm of usage area, the headquarter will mainly house office space but will also have conference and sports facilities, a guest house and retail spaces, food outlets to keep the expected 2000 employees in the tower firing on all cylinders.
The building design will be based on a composite system of steel construction with reinforced concrete walls. The project of the building, resistant to nine-magnitude earthquake by the Richter scale, was tested in special international labs in Canada in a virtual environment, designed for the wind with the speed of 190 kilometers per hour.
Curtain wall envelope will be provided by Permasteelisa Group.