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Baku Crystal Hall
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gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
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Design and implementation of Crystal Hall for the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku
gmp Von Gerkan Marg und Partner Eurovision BakuIn May 2012, the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku at Crystal Hall. Alpine Bau Deutschland GmbH, the general contractor for the project, was contracted on August 2nd, 2011 to design and implement a multipurpose event-venue that is meant to accommodate 25,000 spectators.

This challenging task was undertaken by combining the efforts of gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Alpine Bau Deutschland AG, and Nüssli International AG.

The Eurovision Song Contest takes place every year, which means that this striking crystal-shaped building on the peninsula near the city centre, right in the Caspian Sea and in the direct vicinity of one of the world’s highest flagpoles, had to be designed and constructed within a period of just eight months. The building is not a concert hall in the classical sense but a multi-functional indoor arena, which is intended to be a longer-term facility. Normally, event venues of comparable size, such as a football stadium, will require 4 to 5 years for design and construction.

gmp Von Gerkan Marg und Partner Eurovision BakuInstead of the usual reinforced concrete construction, the building has been designed as a pure steel structure which consists of three independent parts, i.e. the membrane façade, the modular stadium itself and the interior roof. In order to be able to put up a building of the size of a football stadium in just a few months, design and construction proceed in parallel. An important tool in this complex process is the detailed visualisation of the entire work schedule: it covers and displays each step in chronological order in weekly sequences. A prerequisite for the success of this novel working method is the extensive experience in design, management and construction scheduling provided by the consortium, as well as very good communication between the design team and the construction companies.

The characteristic crystalline shape of the building and its illuminated façade is the response to Azerbaijan’s special request for the creation of a widely visible and visually effective landmark as a bridge between Asia and Europe that will be noticed in an international context. Different dynamic lighting scenarios are currently being programmed for the 9,500 LED lights to highlight the membrane façade and create moods appropriate for the different stages of the events.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
Azerbaijan [Azərbaycan]
District
Baku [Bakı]
Town
Baku [Bakı]
Address
Flag Square
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for recreational activities
Arenas and structures for concerts and shows
Sports buildings
Sports halls
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2011    
Realisation
2011 - 2012
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CLIENT
 
 
State Commitee on Property Issues, Baku, Azerbaijan
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Capacity
25,000 seats
Dimensions
length of hall approx. m. 206
width of hall approx. m. 168
height of hall approx. m. 25
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STRUCTURES
 
 
SSF Ingenieure
schlaich bergermann and partners
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STAFF
 
Associate designers
Nüssli International AG
General contractor
Alpine Bau Deutschland AG
Construction management
Nüssli International AG
Project architect
Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Markus Pfisterer
Gestione del progetto
Markus Pfisterer, Silke Flaßnöcker
Design team
Martin Hakiel, Carsten Borucki, Monika Kwiatkowski, Ignacio Zarrabeitia, Helge Lezius, Gerard Slee, Lars Laubenthal, Fariborz Rahimi, Justin Allen, Sebastian Lundelius, Dirk Müller
Systems
Basler & Hofmann Ingenieure, Zurich
Lighting design
Lichtvision, Berlin
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Images © gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners
Text edited by gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners
Courtesy by gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners
gmp Von Gerkan Marg und Partner Eurovision Baku



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