Baku Crystal Hall
by GMP Architekten

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These previously unseen photographs show the faceted modular structure of the Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan, which was designed and completed in just eight months (+ slideshow).

Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten

The building, which was presented earlier this month at the Inside Festival in Singapore, had to be designed and constructed simultaneously to be ready in time to host last year's Eurovision Song Contest, so German firm GMP Architekten collaborated closely with contractors Alpine Bau Deutschland and Nüssli throughout the process.

Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten

Conceived as both a concert hall and a sports stadium, the 25,000-seat stadium comprises a lightweight steel structure with a faceted membrane facade intended to resemble cut crystal.

Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten

According to Nussli's Claus Kruppa, it was originally planned as a temporary structure, but was subtly altered during construction to enable it to remain in place for longer.

Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten

"A small change in the drawings, and now it's going to be there for 30-40 years," he said.

Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten

The building is located on a peninsula outside the centre of Baku. Its facade is covered with 9500 LED lights, which bring the structure to life after dark.

Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten

Here's a timelapse movie showing the building's construction, featuring the winning song from the 2012 Eurovision Contest:

GMP Architekten has worked on several venues for international events. In 2011 the firm completed four stadiums for the World University Games in Shenzhen, while three of its stadiums featured in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten

Photography is by Marcus Bredt.

Site plan of Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten
Site plan - click for larger image
Plan of Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten
Ground floor plan - click for larger image
Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten
First floor plan - click for larger image
Plan of Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten
Second floor plan - click for larger image
Section of Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten
Section one - click for larger image
Section of Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten
Section two - click for larger image
  • Nico

    Superb!

  • John

    It looks just like the GMP Stadiums in China, just with different facade materials.

  • Jesse Lockhart Krause

    Looks like quite a nice building, the last image with the lights converging in is beautiful. It’s a shame there are next to no people in the images as it portrays the building almost as a failure. It would be great to see people enjoying it.

  • rodsta

    Albert Speer’s Cathedral of Light comes to mind.

  • Pablo

    Eight columns obstructing views! I don’t remember any other stadium doing this for the whole seating area.