Flame Towers in 2015
|Type||office, residential, hotel, shopping mall|
|Architectural style||Highrise, glass|
|Owner||Azinko Development MMC|
|Roof||182 m (597 ft) - Flame Tower 1|
165 m (541 ft) - Flame Tower 2
161 m (528 ft) - Flame Tower 3
|Design and construction|
|Structural engineer||Balkar Mühendislik|
|Main contractor||DIA Holding Azerbaijan|
Flame Towers (Azerbaijani: Alov qüll?l?ri) is a trio of skyscrapers in Baku, Azerbaijan, the height of the tallest tower is 182 m (597 ft). Towers representing flames symbolize fire as a sign of Ahura Mazda in Zoroastrianism by Azerbaijanies and Azerbaijan as a birthplace for the prophet Zoroaster. The buildings consist of 130 residential apartments over 33 floors, a Fairmont hotel tower that consists of 250 rooms and 61 serviced apartments, and office blocks that provides a net 33,114 square meters of office space. The cost of Flame Towers was an estimated US$350 million. Construction began in 2007, with completion in 2012.HOK was the architect for the project, DIA Holdings served as the design-build contractor, and Hill International provided project management.
The Flame Towers consist of three buildings: South, East and West. The facades of the three Flame Towers function as large 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.
On June 2014 Lamborghini opened its first branch in Azerbaijan, 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.
The light show transitions from giant flames, the colours of the Azeri flag, a figure waving a flag, and giant tanks of water being filled. Transition times are approximately 2 minutes.
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 One European Grand Prix held in Baku.