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Death Star Lunar Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan
Posted By Cate Trotter On March 5, 2008 @ 4:55 am In Architecture,global development | 38 Comments
Why wonder if we’ll ever live on the moon when it’s being built right here on Earth? Heerim Architects  are planning to bring Star Wars chic to the Azerbaijan  capital of Baku, defining the look with two uber-futuristic buildings  to act as markers of the gateway of one of the world’s fastest growing economies.
Facing the Caspian Sea, the buildings are named Hotel Full Moon – a disc with rounded edges and a hole in one of the top corners – and Hotel Crescent, a curving arch similar to a crescent moon – and will mark out an area appropriately named Full Moon Bay. Designed to appear drastically different from different viewing angles – from one angle Death Star  and from the other Gherkin – Hotel Full Moon  will be a 150 meter-high, 35 story luxury hotel with 382 large rooms.
Hotel Crescent  is designed as a counterpoint to Hotel Full Moon, with its column supports being disguised by its arched façade. The two hotels will be joined by three tall residential buildings and a fourth 43 floor office building standing 203 meters tall. If Full Moon Bay can just shake off the ‘Death Star’ vibe, it’s looking to be an amazing development.
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 Heerim Architects: http://www.heerim.com/
 Azerbaijan: http://www.trycards.com/calling-cards/Azerbaijan
 two uber-futuristic buildings: http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=1357
 Death Star: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Star
 Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/03/baku-deathstar.php
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