Khazar Islands, Azerbaijan

 

 

In a vision similar to that of the man-made islands off Dubai, Khazar Islands are an ambitious project aiming to assert Azerbaijan as a hot spot of luxury and modernity.

Rising out of the Caspian Sea 15 miles south of Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital, it’s founder billionaire Ibrahim Ibrahimov aims to create a city of 1 million people in the shape of a giant lobster. It will include villas and apartments, 8 hotels, a Formula One racetrack, a yacht club, and airport, 150 schools, 50 hospitals, 5 university campuses and numerous parks and shopping centres. The focal point will be Azerbaijan Tower, which if built will be the tallest building in the world at 3,445ft.

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Building styles are- one could say- bold, with lots of dynamic shapes and use of white facings and blue glass.

As quoted in the Sunday Times: ‘The project is the brainchild of Ibrahim Ibrahimov, a construction tycoon, self-styled philanthropist and one of the country’s richest men. The idea came to him during a flight on his private jet from Dubai. “I wanted to build a city but didn’t know how. I asked for some paper but there wasn’t any, so I grabbed this shirt in my bag that I hadn’t worn. I pulled the tissue paper out and in 20 minutes drew the whole thing.”

The project certainly has the feel of a master plan designed by an amateur aiming for greatness through a lasting legacy of luxury condos and ego-fortifying skyscrapers.

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Models exude the luxurious lifestyle to be had on Khazar Islands, lounging on a balcony or boat, and using mobile phones.

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A video celebrates the progress of construction work on the site of the islands:

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