Forget about the 1km high Kingdom Tower. There will be a building higher than that. This is it, the Azerbaijan Tower. It will be 50m higher, have 189 floors and looks like a beautifully shiny glass, steel and concrete monolith of crap.
The Azerbaijan Tower will be built on the Khazar Islands, an artificial archipelago that is being built on the coast of the Caspian Sea off Garadag, southwest of Bakou, the capital of the country.
The Khazar Islands will be a $US100 billion city composed by 41 artificial islands. They will cover a 2000-hectare surface. According to the plan, one million people will live in this new “city”.
The developer — some Haji Ibrahim Nehramli, president of the Avesta Group of Companies — is already negotiating with the companies that built the Burj Khalifa. Apparently, construction of the tower will start in 2015. It will be finished around 2019, with a total price tag of $US2 billion.