The streets of oil-rich Azerbaijan aren’t lined with gold, but they are lined with glass. And much of it stems from Baku’s Crystal Hall Arena—the dazziling, 25,000-seat stadium that will host Eurovision 2012.
According to World Architecture News organizers only had eight months to construct the vast venue. Arenas of this size normally take four to five years to build. Wiwi hopes glass doesn’t fall on us when France’s Anggun hits the high notes!
Here’s how World Architecture News describes the arena:
The characteristic crystalline shape of the building and its illuminated façade is the response to Azerbaijan’s special request for the creation of a widely visible and visually effective landmark as a bridge between Asia and Europe that will be noticed in an international context. Different dynamic lighting scenarios are currently being programmed for the 9,500 LED lights to highlight the membrane façade and create moods appropriate for the different stages of the events.
These renderings of the venue look fantastic! What do y’all think? Can you see yourself partying here?