SOCAR Tower is the tallest building under construction in Baku, Azerbaijan. It is located on Heydar Aliyev Avenue.
The building will be the headquarters of the SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic). Construction started in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in 2013. It will also be the tallest building in whole of the Caucasus.
Designed by Heerim Architects from South Korea, the two-tower project will rise from an elongated, canopy-like podium and snake its way skywards. Curving into each other, the seemingly shorter tower almost looks like its resting its head on the chest of the taller tower. The taller tower's peak is slightly bending over it in a confident, reassuring manner. The project will be 209 meters tall and will have 42 floors, covering an area of 12,000 square meters and providing 100,000 square meters of usage area. The headquarters will mainly house office space but will also have conference and sports facilities, a guest house, retail spaces and food outlets.
The building design will be based on a composite system of steel construction with reinforced concrete walls. The building is designed to be resistant to wind speeds of 190 kilometers per hour and a magnitude nine earthquake by the Richter scale.
The building, designed by South Korean Heerim Architects & Planners Co. Ltd, based on the concept of "wind and fire”, will be built by Turkish Tekfen Construction and Installation Co. Inc..
A curtain wall envelope will be provided by Permasteelisa Group.