UK architect completes JW Marriott in Baku

The striking JW Marriott Absheron hotel designed by UK-based ReardonSmith Architects has opened in Baku, Azerbaijan.

An existing Absheron Hotel was demolished to make way for the new building, constructed on the approximate footprint of the old hotel with respect to the previous façade lines.

The hotel is part of a 16-floor mixed-use development comprising private residences, serviced apartments, retail and offices as well as the 23-storey hotel, all designed by ReardonSmith Architects.

The result is a contemporary building sited on a formal axis within a newly landscaped park, relating to and reflecting the monumental Azadliq Square.

Inside, the public areas feature double-height volumes, glazed elements and staircases to link lobbies, pre-function areas, ballroom, restaurants and bars.

The façade is 50% glass, coated and triple glazed for energy efficiency with perforated trusses introduced at podium level to stabilise the fascia against Baku’s high winds.

A balance of horizontal and vertical elements creates rhythm to the building while the cast stone panels and frameless glazed elements have been assembled in a minimal manner to ensure simplicity of construction and appearance.