2009 - marina - baku - azerbaijan

The theme of the design was a marina for private yachts on the Caspian Sea. It lies to the southwest of the capital, on a lovely stretch of coast dotted with numerous villas. Out in the sea there is a natural rocky reef.

The main problem to be contended with on the coast of the Caspian Sea is the oil drilling rigs. Even though public environmental awareness is growing in Azerbaijan, these platforms remain sources of environmental pollution.

When the wind comes from the sea it washes oil and all kind of flotsam onto the coast. Therefore it was important to develop a harbour concept that would eliminate this problem. The response was to build a quay wall that defines the marina proper with an 800-metre-long curve. It is built of steel and is protected by piles of large rocks. Every boat that enters the harbour has to go through a lock in which it is cleaned. The water in this artificial harbour complex is regularly changed by means of a pipe laid at a considerable depth that extends far out to sea, so as to ensure clean water and to counteract silting up in the marina. The buildings on the shore contain all the infrastructure facilities required for a marina complex – administration offices for the harbour master, a restaurant, everything needed for tanking and supplying the yachts.

Bauherr | Client: Regierung | Government

Planungsbeginn | Start of planning: 2006
Nutzfläche | Usable floor area: 8.653 m2
Umbauter Raum | Enclosed volume: 47.878 m3
Freifläche | Outdoor area: 54.487 m2
Landschaftsplaner | Landscape planner: HVP
Projektleitung | Project management: HVP 

Axel Christmann