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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Chess Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan by Coop Himmelb(l)au

 
March 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Coop Himmelb(l)au

The capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, is situated directly on the Caspian Sea and the site for the Chess Academy is located at the sea promenade of the urban coast line of the city. The sculptural design for the Chess Academy has the potential to orientate the building towards the City and towards the Caspian Sea at the same time and create a visible icon for the Chess Community of Azerbaijan.

Image Courtesy © Markus Pillhofer

  • Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Project: Chess Academy
  • Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Photography: Markus Pillhofer
  • Planning: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Prix, Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH
  • Principal in Charge: Wolf D. Prix
  • Design Partner: Karolin Schmidbaur
  • Project Partner: Luzie Giencke, Hartmut Hank
  • Design Architect: Luzie Giencke, Jörg Hugo, Steven Ma
  • Project Team: Martin Neumann, Phillip Wilck, Tyler Bornstein, Magnus Möschel, Cynthia Sanchez, Alan Hung, Tom Hindelang, Jan Rancke
  • Model Building: Paul Hoszowski, Sebastian Buchta, Tyler Bornstein, Magnus Möschel
  • Study: 2010
  • Gross Floor Area: 7.000 m²

Image Courtesy © Markus Pillhofer

The building is lifted off the ground, floating over a pier which is leading the visitor trough a green landscape from the promenade to the Main Entrance. The Chess Academy provides a space for a Multifunctional Hall where Chess Tournaments, Exhibitions, Trade- and Fashion Shows and other events will takeplace.Attached to the Hall is a 100 meter long Bar and Restaurant, situated along a generous window to provide a continuous view to the Sea.

Image Courtesy © Markus Pillhofer

The Chess Federation and the Chess School are located in the upper sculpted part of the building, the Spiral. In this part of the building we also provide an exquisite luxury hotel for members and visitors. In the eye of the spiral we are proposing a waterfall with the water collecting in a small pond next to the vertical circulation of the Main Entrance. The Academy has a shimmering façade with operable windows and variable louvers. The façade facing the City side includes a large digital LED screen to provide an insight into the building for the public.

Image Courtesy © Markus Pillhofer

Image Courtesy © Markus Pillhofer

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