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21 May 2014

Baku Flame Towers Named Among World’s Best Skyscrapers

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The HOK-designed Baku Flame Towers in Azerbaijan recently won an Emporis Skyscraper Award.

The awards, announced annually since 2000, are chosen by an international jury of architecture experts who select nominated buildings completed in the last year and are at least 100 meters tall. Rankings are awarded according to aesthetic and functional design criteria.

“The towers in Baku, Azerbaijan, are completely covered with LED screens that mimic fiery flames and giant torches. The design was inspired by Azerbaijan’s history as a land of fire, due to its rich deposits of natural gas. Concrete is the predominant material, while the tops of the three buildings contain a lighter steel structure to create the impression of a flickering flame.”

CNN