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Sport Venues Of Baku 2016


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The internationally acclaimed planning and architectural practice AS&P – Albert Speer und Partner GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) – is currently engaged in defining and expanding on the Venue Concept presented in the Baku 2016 Bid Book. The main objective is to validate a sustainable and exemplary ecological planning concept. This relates not only to the remediation of seriously contaminated areas (e.g. the former Bibi-Heybat oilfield), but also the integration of ecological components into the architecture of the sports facilities. A pre-eminent role is played therein by factors such as energy saving and the employment of sustainable materials. It also includes the development of an architectural language appropriate to the staging of future major international sporting events.

At this stage of work the progressive development of the Venue Concept is a pivotal task. The possibility of timely implementation independent of the current Olympic Bid is being investigated for a number of sports venues. Initially the spotlight is focused on the design and construction of an Olympic-sized Aquatic Centre and Multifunctional Gymnastics Complex. The funds required for planning and realising these two venues have been set aside in the national sports facilities development budget. For this important planning assignment, AS&P can draw on its extensive international expertise in the master planning of mega events and the design and construction of sports facilities.

The Olympic Park, comprising 11 sports facilities, will be located on the former Bibi Heybat oilfield site. The artificial landfill created for crude oil exploitation will be transformed into spacious urban parkland with the Competition Venues embedded in the newly modelled terrain. The National Aquatics Centre and the Gymnastics Complex will be situated at Azizbekov roundabout at the northern entrance to Baku city centre, adjacent to the Azizbekov metro station. A 40-storey hotel tower will occupy the corner plot and landmark this Olympic Venue.

The predominant architectural motif will be a floral pattern developed from the famous, traditional Azeri carpet design. The attractive ornament will be duplicated and applied to the plantings of landscaped areas, pavements of plazas and boulevards and the facades and roofs of the sport facilities. In all, the pattern will create a calmness and continuity of design that embraces all venue ensembles.

The venue construction costs for the Olympic Park and the Azizbekov Complex add up to an estimated US$ 630 million.

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The aquatic centre if am right`s taken after Beijing Watercube. Do we think Baku can meet this expensive plan?

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They are almost reminiscent of the Munich Olympic Park - a bunch of venues connected by the one flowing roof. Very very striking - but even if Baku miraculously won the 2016 Games I find it highly unlikely they would build that. It looks very expensive and not very practical.

I say they should build it now and bid again for 2024.

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I think it resembles London's bid in a couple ways. Mainly, the the low profile venues seem to blend into the mounds and hills of the park. I guess I can also mention the use of a former environmental hazard site, but that seems to be the trend anyway with many bids.

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Is this really a vision for the future or just Baku saying "Hey, we're not going to win but we may have a small chance of getting on the shortlist if we put some crazy designs in front of the IOC!"

They've already admitted they're unlikely to win but want to get some positive publicity for the country which will come simply through bidding. There's nothing wrong with that and I wonder if these designs are an extension of that policy.

Tell me if I'm wrong, but will these designs be continued if, as is expected, Baku doesn't make the shortlist on Wednesday?

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Tell me if I'm wrong, but will these designs be continued if, as is expected, Baku doesn't make the shortlist on Wednesday?

I sure hope so. If they do, it'll certainly add some real credibility if they ever do mount a bid again. Not to mention I actually think those designs are really attractive!

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Baku is potential candidate for Olimpische organisation summer games in year 2048.

2048? :blink:

With potential infrastructure upgrades, construction of the planned venues outlined in the 2016 bid book, expect a more aggressive bid for 2020, with possible shortlisting, or a surefire shortlisting in 2024, or 2028, should Baku decide to bid (in which general and sporting infrastructure would have greatly accelerated and Baku would have had more experience in hosting sporting events).

So basically put, don't expect a win in the 2020's or even 2030's, but expect much, much, more than we were given in 2016.

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