Death Star Hotel in Baku

So you thought the Death Star was a figment of George Lucas’s imagination? Then think again!

The Hereem architectural practice based in Korea designed the Full Moon and Crescent Moon hotels which are under construction on the shore of the Caspian. Although they deny any similarity between the new hotel and the iconic Star Wars image, judge for yourself:

Here is what Wikipedia says about the project:
 Hotel Full Moon is essentially a disc with rounded edges and a hole in one of the top corners that appears radically different from the view depending on the angle it is seen from. The frontage appears more like a glass Death Star whilst the side profile does not feature any specialty and looks like an ordinary glass building . The Full Moon Hotel brings out more Dubaized style to Azerbaijan Hotels HistoryChanging appearance depending on the view is reinforced by the cladding treatment the architect has selected. The front will have a glass diagrid whilst the back will be covered with hexagonal honeycombs shaped windows.

This main building will be a 35 storey luxury hotel with 104,182 square metres of space for only 382 rooms, a relatively small amount of rooms given the sheer size of the internal space on offer. It will reach a maximum height of 158.68 metres.

The hotel is linked via a zoomorphically shaped podium that snakes curvaceously around the boundaries of the site to two residential apartment blocks entitled Palace of Wind One and Palace of Wind Two.[2].

I think it will be popular with Star Wars conference organisers…
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About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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5 Responses to Death Star Hotel in Baku

  1. Steve, I’ve just been admiring your Aswan and Luxor images. They are outstanding, sir!

  2. stevehollier says:

    Charles, you are too kind!

    • Louise says:

      Hi, I came across these images (above) elsewhere on the net today and I wondered if you could answer me a question? Is this REAL?? Does this and the half cresent exist?? Lou x

      • stevehollier says:

        Hi Louise. Yes, the two hotels are being built at the moment on the shore of the Caspian. I asked a Turkish architect about the project recently and she said it was real The company is from Korea and they are involved in a lot of projects here. The woman I spoke to is involved in the building of the Flame Towers, another remarkable landmark project.

        The images you sent dropped off the message. Perhaps you could send them to my email account hollier2000@gmail.com.

  3. stevehollier says:

    Hi Louise.
    Yes, the two hotels are being built at the moment on the shore of the Caspian. I asked a Turkish architect about the project recently and she said it was real… The company is from Korea and they are involved in a lot of projects here. The woman I spoke to is involved in the building of the “Flame Towers”, another remarkable landmark project.

    The images you sent dropped off the message. Perhaps you could send them to my email account hollier2000@gmail.com.

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