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Baku Olympic Stadium shortlisted for Arcaid's Architecture Photograph of Year

1 November 2016 14:37 (UTC+04:00)
Baku Olympic Stadium shortlisted for Arcaid's Architecture Photograph of Year

By Amina Nazarli

The Baku Olympic Stadium is among the subjects of 20 images shortlisted for the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2016.

The ‘Sense of Place’ image by Victor Romero frames the illuminated Rossetti and Heerim Architects-designed Baku National Stadium against a pink sky, dezeen.com reported.

The 20 shortlisted photographs will be exhibited at this year's World Architecture Festival in Berlin on November 16-18, with an overall winner announced during the event's gala dinner. Photographs are shortlisted under four categories: Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place and Buildings in Use.

The judges for this year's award are executive editor Emily Booth of The Architectural Review, curator Amy Croft curator of Sto Werkstatt, Katy Harris who is head of communications at Foster + Partners, architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG and photographers Fernando Guerra and Ulrich Müller.

The Baku Olympic Stadium, which was designed to host the inaugural European Games in 2015, has frequently stolen the spotlight of the international arena as one of the most spectacular sports facilities in the world.

The Baku Olympic Stadium is the biggest stadium of Caucasus with capacity 68,700 spectators and 7th best stadium of the world by StadiumDB.

This spring the stadium was recognized as the best project by the American Council of Engineering Companies. Last year the stadium was selected as the best project in sports and entertainment by Engineering News Record magazine.

The six-storey stadium occupies an area of nearly 50 hectares. The pitch has four entrance gates, while the stands have 26 gates. The arena has room for 68,000 spectators and 3,100-car parking spaces.

The facility consists of the main and auxiliary stadiums, an auxiliary building, as well as sections for VIP, CIP, media and disabled spectators.

The construction process at the facility went ahead in accordance with the International Building Code, as well as those of UEFA and FIFA.

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Amina Nazarli is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @amina_nazarli

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