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Although construction won't begin until 2015, Azerbaijan Tower could reach one-kilometer in height.
Developers in Azerbaijan are planning to construct a skyscraper that will top the list of the world's tallest buildings.
The project, called Azerbaijan Tower, aims to steal the top spot from the proposed Kingdom Tower of Saudi Arabia and will reach 1,050 meters (3,440 feet) with 189 floors.
Sponsored by the Avesta Group, the skyscraper will be just one part of a larger development. The tower will serve as the focal point of the Khazar Islands, a $100 billion city made up of 41 man-made islands on the Caspian Sea.
The buoyant metropolis is being planned for 1 million residents, who will be housed in endless rows of high-rises ranging for 25 to 60 stories in height with access to over 150 schools, 50 hospitals and daycare centers, plus numerous parks, shopping malls, cultural centers, university campuses, and even a Formula 1 racetrack. The city will be equipped with a robust network of “innovative” bridges and infrastructure that will link outlying islands to the urban core, while a large municipal airport will provide access to and from the radiant city.
The tower is estimated to cost $2 billion and won't reach completion until 2019.
Azerbaijan To Build One-Kilometer Tall Skyscraper [via Architizer]
Feb 12, 2012
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That question is not disbelief, as I'm sure you're a more than accomplished researcher and writer-it's just simply surprise. How is it that less than a couple decades after breaking off of the old USSR, this former Soviet Satellite is not only building this mammoth tower, but this obviously multi-billion dollar architectural wonder of the modern world. This is a country typically NOT in the news much. THAT story might be a compelling tale, as well. You put a surprise in MY Monday, Ms. Korones.