Deniz Mall in Azerbaijan nears completion

Located on land reclaimed from the Caspian Sea, Deniz Waterfront will be a 120,000m² entertainment, retail, leisure and dining destination over five floors. A ‘flame’ tower is the centrepiece of eight star-shaped wings inspired by Azerbaijan’s national emblem.

Chapman Taylor designed the original building as a congress centre in 2007, and now the building is being repurposed, keeping the same design, to include entertainment, leisure, F&B and retail facilities. Chapman Taylor’s London studio was appointed to provide the interior design services in 2016, with the complex on course to open in early 2019.

We talked to London Director Tim Carran about the scheme, in which he has been involved from the very start.

Tell us about the origins of the project.

The brief from the client to create a landmark development on the Caspian Sea which would serve a similar role to the Sydney Opera House in how it related to the waterfront – a sculptural form with a series of shell roofs which would reflect in the water and look impressive when illuminated at night. Chapman Taylor designed the building in 2007, with the present building realising that concept and design.

The project was put on hold for a few years, before resuming in 2014. We subsequently, and successfully, proposed an interior design concept for the building which thematically united the interior spaces with the exterior design, and that interior work is progressing very well. The exterior is now approaching completion, and it is very exciting to see Chapman Taylor’s concept being fully realised.

How did the design develop?

In design development, (Main Board Director) Chris Lanksbury and I drew upon the Azerbaijan national emblem, which is also used on the national flag – an eight-pointed star. The building was designed to be a national symbol itself. We realised, as the design process progressed, that, if we were going to create a symbolic building, we should take the country’s national emblem and create it as a physical building form. That design is what you see being realised today.

The original intention was for the building to be a congress centre, holding conventions, weddings and similar events. The eight ‘petals’ would house eight auditoriums, all converging on one central auditorium, so that the centre could hold several events simultaneously.

Why is the building being repurposed?

The client, and indeed the people of Baku, love the architectural statement of the building on the Caspian. However, in the years during which construction was delayed, a new, larger convention centre by Coop Himmelblau was commissioned next to the Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Centre – and there was thus a need for a new role for our building.

The client decided that the building should be repurposed in a way which added commercial value and decided that the building was ideal as a family entertainment and retail centre, and so it has become known as Daniz Mall.

What will the venue be used for?

It’s going to house a family-orientated day-out experience, including a number of exciting retail and leisure attractions. Baku doesn’t have much in the way of family entertainment destinations, so Caspian Waterfront will serve a much-needed role for the city and the surrounding region. The range of retail and leisure options on offer, particularly the world-class entertainment areas, will be very diverse and will create a very enjoyable environment for people of all generations. There will also be a lot of F&B provision, including outdoor restaurant terraces and a sky-bar, in which people can relax and look out at unrivalled views over the Caspian.

How has the development been received by the client and by the people of Azerbaijan?

Everyone is delighted to see the scheme, which is a complicated building design, coming to fruition. The Azeris are a very nationally proud people – it’s a young country – and they are inspired by the way in which such a prominent building designed for public use has been built to serve as a national icon. We are very happy that our design for the building has been so well received, and that it will be open for everyone to enjoy.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Carran (BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA)

Director, London

Tim joined Chapman Taylor in 1994 and became a Director in 2014. Working closely with our international studios as a lead designer, he specialises in the concept design of projects including complex mixed-use developments and masterplans.

He has over 20 years’ experience of designing large-scale mixed-use international projects across a variety of industry sectors and locations.

Areas of expertise:

Concept Design / Mixed Use / Retail / Leisure / Office / Masterplanning

Chris Lanksbury (B Arch Dip Arch RIBA)

Main Board Director, UK

Chris has been at Chapman Taylor since 1979 and has played a major role in the expansion of the practice as a global design business. He is one of the owners of Chapman Taylor, with particular responsibility for the strategic direction of the international business.

Chris is fully involved in leading the design of projects, and has worked on many different types and sizes of buildings in over 60 countries around the world. He believes architectural design is a carefully managed and collaborative process which draws inspiration from the brief, the function and the place.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Mixed use / Retail / Leisure / Office / Residential / Hospitality

คริส อยู่กับ Chapman Taylor มาตั้งแต่ค.ศ. 1979 และมีบทบาทสำคัญในการขยายบริษัทสู่ธุรกิจการออกแบบไปทั่วโลก นอกจากรั้งตำแหน่งเป็นประธานของห้างหุ้นส่วนที่จำกัดความรับผิดชอบแล้ว คริสยังเป็นสมาชิกของคณะกรรมการบริหารนานาชาติและประธานกรรมการประจำสหราชอาณาจักร กรุงเทพ บรัสเซล บูคาเรสต์ เคียฟ มาดริด มอสโก นิวเดลี ปารีส ปราก เซาเปาโล เซี่ยงไฮ้ และวอร์ซอที่มีบทบาทต่อเนื่อง และแม้จะประจำอยู่ที่กรุงลอนดอน เขาก็เดินทางไปมาระหว่างสำนักงานในประเทศต่างๆ อย่างสม่ำเสมอ

คริสเป็นนักออกแบบผู้เป็นที่ต้องการอย่างสูงจากความสามารถด้านอาคารที่หลากหลายและประสบการณ์ที่ช่ำชองในการทำงานกับมาสเตอร์แพลนขนาดใหญ่ รวมถึงงานสำนักงาน โรงแรม ร้านค้า และพื้นที่สันทนาการ

เขาออกแบบโครงการมามากมายในกว่า 50 ประเทศรอบโลก และมีความพยายามอย่างยิ่งยวดในอันที่จะทำให้อาคารทั้งหลายกลืนไปกับสภาพสิ่งแวดล้อมที่มีความแตกต่างทางวัฒนธรรมและเศรษฐกิจได้อย่างดีที่สุด

คริสพยายามพัฒนาคุณภาพของงานออกแบบอย่างสม่ำเสมอและทำให้แน่ใจว่าการออกแบบตามแนวคิดนั้นสามารถเกิดขึ้นได้จริงอย่างมีประสิทธิภาพ และทำให้สถานที่นั้นๆ ประสบความสำเร็จในเชิงพาณิชย์และสถาปัตยกรรม

Chris si unisce a Chapman Taylor nel 1979 e da allora svolge un ruolo importante nell'espansione del gruppo come studio di progettazione a livello globale. È uno dei quattro soci di Chapman Taylor e ha particolari responsabilità nella direzione strategica del business internazionale.

Chris è inoltre pienamente coinvolto nella direzione dei progetti e ha lavorato su progetti di diverse tipologie e dimensioni in oltre 60 paesi in tutto il mondo. Egli ritiene che il progetto architettonico debba essere un processo di collaborazione accuratamente gestito che trae ispirazione dal brief, dalla funzione e dal luogo.

Aree di competenza:

Masterplanning / Mixed use / Retail / Leisure / Office / Residential / Hospitality

Крис является частью компании Chapman Taylor с 1979 года и играет ключевую роль в расширении и развитии архитектурного проектирования на международном рынке. Он является одним из владельцев компании и отвечает за стратегическое направление международного бизнеса.

Крис по прежнему принимает активное участие в процессе ведения проектов и обладает мировым опытом в проектировании зданий любых видов и размеров в более чем 60 странах по всему миру. Крис убежден, что архитектурное проектирование – это, прежде всего, тщательно контролируемый совместный процесс, который черпает вдохновение в таких вещах, как задание на проектирование, функциональность и непосредственно место.

Области специализации:

Разработка генпланов/Многофункциональных комплексов/Торговых объектов/Развлекательных объектов/Офисных помещений/Жилых комплексов/Гостиничных комплексов

Chris ist seit 1979 bei Chapman Taylor und spielte eine wichtige Rolle beim Ausbau des Unternehmens als globales Design-Unternehmen. Er ist einer der Eigentümer von Chapman Taylor und trägt besondere Verantwortung für die strategische Ausrichtung des Auslandsgeschäfts.

Chris ist noch voll bei der Design-Leitung von Projekten involviert und hat bei verschiedenen Arten und Größen von Gebäuden in über sechzig Ländern der Welt gearbeitet. Er glaubt, dass Architektur ein sorgfältig gesteuerter kollaborativer Prozess ist, der durch das Briefing, die Funktion und den Ort inspiriert wird.

Schwerpunkte:

Masterplanung / Mixed-Use / Einzelhandel / Freizeitbauten / Bürobau/ Wohnungsbau / Hotelbauten

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