Convention Center Baku
The design of the Baku Convention Centre is reflecting not only the promising modern future of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, but also its tradition as an important port, trade, industry and tourism city.
The formal language of the project combines the rational structure and organization of its modern conference centre typology with the floating spaces of modernist architecture. Its design enables it to host the ADB Annual Meeting in Baku in 2015, with the building accommodating 6,000 people at its full capacity.
The building site for the Convention Centre is located in the Narimanov district at 842, 845 and 849 Heydar Aliyev Avenue. It is situated at the intersection of abriz and Hasanoghlu streets. The reference height for the zero level of the project is defined at +11.00 m above sea level and this reference height mark is the existing height on the south corner of the site. It is easily accessible not only from the airport but also from the nearby train station.
The functional layout of the Baku Convention Centre is foremost adjusted to meet the requirements of the ADB Annual Meeting in May 2015. Moreover, and as far as the subsequent use as a convention centre and office building is concerned, additional requirements are met:
• movable separation walls for some of the conference rooms
• separate access to the Office level aside from the main Foyer.
• a kitchen that is designed to serve 1500 people in a big banquet
The Convention Center Typology
One special feature of the Baku Convention Centre is the size of the Auditorium. It is planned to be used by 3500 people at its full capacity, which is an exceptional size even when compared to other international Convention Centres. Featuring a movable seating and a retractable floor systems, these enable multiple configurations of the Auditorium: A theatre layout, a banquet layout and a layout for several possibilities for simultaneous performances. Especially the
banquet layout will allow an impressive experience of the inside spaces. In this configuration it will be possible to cross through the space from the foyer at the entrance of the building, to the winter garden in the back via two generous openings. Rising platforms allow for a continuous flat surface.
In the theatre configuration the pit will accommodate 2390 people while a wide gallery cantilevering above the pit will accommodate 1110 people. The divisibility of the auditorium when simultaneous performances are taking place will be achieved with curtains and bifolding walls.
The project combines the following functions within one hybrid building with synergetic effects of functionality and spatial richness.
• Conference rooms
• Multifunctional Auditorium (Banquette/ Exhibition/ Concert/ Theater)
• Technical and delivery areas
- 30 599 m² Gross Floor Area
- 25 499 m² Net Floor Area
- 3 500 seats Capacity Auditorium
Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
Design Principal & Principal in Charge: Wolf D. Prix
Project Leader: Christian Labud, Günther Weber
Project Architect: Martin Jelinek
Design Architect: Alexander Ott
Project Coordinators: Maria Nardelli, Donna Riedel
Project Team: Rachele Albini, Lukas Allner, Anar Alijev, Nurana Aliyeva, Marina Andronescu, Clement Aquilina, Michael Beckert, Johannes Behrens, Martina Bighignoli, Jan Brosch, Francisco Castillo Branco, Amit Chelouche, Mateusz Chodorowski, Chrysa Daflouka, Morteza Farhadian Dehkordi, Tyler Doherty, Miguel Sanchez-Enkerlin, Francois Gandon, Erim Gökalpay, Sophie Grell, Reinhard Hacker, Friedrich Hähle, Simon Hirtz, Alexander Krylov, Dimiter Kokalanov, Halina Krzyzanowska, Chang Kyu Lee, Jan-Markus Ludwig, Montgomery de Luna, Karin Miesenberger, Ruslan Nasibov, David Neudecker, Martin Neumann, Magdalena Piekarz, Thomas Pukljak, Akvile Rimantaite, Shima Roshanzamir, Julia Roßner, Danae Rothental, Jing JIng Ruan, Penelope Ruettimann-Thomas, Floris Jonker Roelants, Miguel Sanchez-Enkerlin, Brandon Sampson, Tereza Saskova, Nadja Saxer, Dieter Segerer, Dimitry Seregin, Stephan Sobl, Denise Sokolowski, Jan Szymankienicz, Christina Tartau, Crystal KH Tang, Arjan van Toorenburg, Joseph Tröster, Johannes Weigl, Isabel Zapata
Structural Engineering: URAL Engineering Co. Ltd., Ankara, Turkey
MEP / HVAC: Buro Happold Ltd, Abu Dhabi, UAE; PKE Electronics AG, Linz, Austria; BWK Engineeres, Belgrade, Serbia; Energieeffizienz Ingenieure, Vienna, Austria
Energy/ Environmental Design: Energy Design Cody, Graz, Austria
Building Physics/ Acoustics/ Sonic Protection: Müller-BBM Austria, Bad Ischl, Austria
Landscape Design: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
Land in Sicht, Büro für Landschaftsplanung, Vienna, Austria
Entrance- and Maintenance Planning:Taw Weisse International GmbH & Co.KG, Hamburg, Germany
Façade: Prototyp Ltd. Sofia, Bulgaria; Coop Himmelb(l)au
Specification Text Expert: Arch. DI Heimo Math, Feldbach, Austria
Statik Interior Elements: KPPK ZT gmbh, Wien, Austria
Light Consultant: ag Licht, Bonn, Germany
Kitchen Consultant: SODA Project & Design Gmbh, Fürth, Germany
Fire Planer: Fire X Greßlehner Gmbh, Leonding, Austria
Stage Design Consultant: WB-Stage Alfred Gratzer, Vienna, Austria; XYZ GmbH, Olching, Germany
Traffic Expert: Rosinak & Partner ZT GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Design Water Features: Fluidity Design Consultants, Los Angeles, USA
Convention Center Management: Dr. Nikolaus Breisach, Graz, Austria
Local Partner: Project Ltd. MMC, Baku, Azerbaijan