Flame Towers

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Flame Towers
Alov qüllələri
Flame Towers in 2015.jpg
Flame Towers in 2015
General information
Status Complete (MOO)
Type office, residential, hotel, shopping mall
Architectural style Highrise, glass
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Construction started October 2007
Opening 2013
Cost US$350 million
Owner Azinko Development MMC
Roof 182 m (597 ft) - Flame Tower 1[1]
165 m (541 ft) - Flame Tower 2[2]
161 m (528 ft) - Flame Tower 3[3]
Technical details
Floor count 33/30/28
Design and construction
Architect HOK
Structural engineer Balkar Mühendislik
Main contractor DIA Holding Azerbaijan

Flame Towers (Azerbaijani: Alov qüllələri) is the tallest skyscraper in Baku, Azerbaijan with a height of 190 m (620 ft). The buildings consist of apartments, a hotel and office blocks. The estimated cost of Flame Towers is around US$350 million. Construction began in 2007, with completion in 2012.[4] HOK was the architect for the project, DIA Holdings served as the design-build contractor, and Hill International provided project management.[5]

The Flame Towers consist of three buildings; south, east and west. The facades of the three Flame Towers are turned into gigantic display screens with the use of more than 10,000 high-power LED luminaires, supplied by the Osram subsidiary Traxon Technologies and Vetas Electric Lighting.[6]

On 5 June 2014, Lamborghini opened a branch in Azerbaijan for the first time. Its dealership is located on the ground floor of the East tower of the Flame Towers.


The Flame Towers are completely covered with the LED screens that display the movement of a fire visible from the farthest points of the city.[7]The entire three-tower installation is controlled by an e:cue Lighting Control Engine fx (LCE-fx) running Emotion, and Video Micro Converters (VMCs). Typically displaying burning flames, the intelligent control system allows for simple lighting show changes to reflect additional animations and graphics for special events, such as the recent 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.[8]

Interesting facts[edit]

  •  The lighting of Flame Towers was recognized to be the best in the world according to a survey skyscrapercity.com - an influential forum on urban development.[9]
  • In addition to numerous prestigious architectural awards, in 2004 she was awarded Pittsker Prize for achievements in the field of architecture, and in 2009 in Japan has been awarded the Imperial Prize.[9]
  • Flame Towers decorating the panorama of the city and being its symbol was announce a winner of the contest MIPIM 2013 - the largest investment exhibition of innovative projects in the European real estate market - in the nomination "The best hotel and tourist center." [9]

In popular culture[edit]

The building was featured in Extreme Engineering, a documentary television series that airs on the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel. The episode called "Azerbaijan's Amazing Transformation" was broadcast on 22 April 2011 as part of Season 9. The Flame Towers also appeared prominently in trailers before many entries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 hosted in Baku (and, in the next 4 years, with the pre song trailer based in the singer's home area, features in the trailer before the Azerbaijan song). The towers are also a prominent landmark in Battlefield 4, with the first level of the single player campaign taking place in Baku. Additionally, the towers were shown frequently during coverage of the initial Formula 1 European Grand Prix held in Baku.



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Coordinates: 40°21′34″N 49°49′36″E / 40.35944°N 49.82667°E / 40.35944; 49.82667