It may look like a pile of concrete and sand for the time being. But within eight months the construction zone above will transform into Baku’s Crystal Hall—the multi-million dollar venue that will host Eurovision 2012.
Alpine Bau Deutschland AG, the esteemed German building company, completed the foundations on the building earlier this week. Alpine, which constructed three stadiums for EURO 2012 in Poland, have been at work on the project since September.
The arena will seat 25,000 spectators. It’s located off of National Flag Square, which, until recently, boasted the world’s tallest flagpole at 162 meters. It’s since been eclipsed by a pole in Tajikistan.