What will you build as a city-icon when your national symbol is a flame? Baku built three 180-meter tall skyscrapers in the shape of a flame.
Few cities succeed in building such a strong symbol that actually seem fitting when it’s done. I read about it on the internet and had my doubts. But when I saw the actual buildings dominating the skyline from the nearby hill, I was pleasantly impressed.
The construction had just been finished year in the year of 2012. From all over the city you can see this three towers reaching up. Next to it lies a cemetery and eternal flame monument, giving it a green setting without tall buildings in its direct vicinity. Many Azeri’s climb the hill to enjoy a view over the city.
When the dusk sets in, LED-lights on the building facade display a light show for about an hour long. At the time of my visit it was a lightshow of fire.
The city lacked a strong symbol. Up until recently it was mostly known for its oil(pollution). Watch the opening scenes in James Bond ‘ The world is not enough’ and see endless rows of pump jacks. Historically the region was known of its eternal flames. Due to the earth being saturated with oil and gas. (Azerbaijan means land of fire). There was a lot of fire worshipping. This building uses the concept of the importance fire and translates it into this iconic building. And in effect this building has become a fitting symbol for the city itself.