For anyone interested in art and design, it is rare indeed to be able to stay in an award-winning building that has become, in the few months since it opened a symbol for the rebirth of a city and the regeneration of a nation. The Flame Towers complex – which houses Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers – has swiftly become one of the most popular buildings in Baku. The property is the ideal “base camp” for any exploration of the art and design of this relatively unknown city, often referred to as “The Paris of the East”. There has never been a better time to Design Your Perfect Stay with “three nights for the price of two” and rates starting at at just AZE260 (GBP210*).
The Art Collection – The experience starts at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers itself. The hotel houses one of the world’s most interesting and diverse new art collections of both local and internationally renowned artists. Curated by art consultancy firm Farmboy Fine Arts, Fairmont Baku features over 400 pieces of fine art to complement the extraordinary and innovative architectural design of the building by HOK International. These museum calibre exhibits were inspired by the ghazal, one of the earliest poetic forms in Azeri culture. Just as the ghazal tells the story of the pain of unattainable love, so these works commissioned by Farmboy Fine Arts explore why art is often considered unattainable.
The Art of the City – Stepping outside on their artistic journey, guests will notice that art appears all over the city – often overnight – from the parks to the boulevards, from the streets to the museums. Brightly coloured cut out dogs play in the parks, while a young girl applies her lipstick in Fountain Square and a bronze man appears to be eternally fishing on the pier. The Azeris love their public art and it’s very evident throughout the city. There are a number of fine museums too. The Museum of Modern Art is a case in point, packed with bold canvases depicting oil labourers, cheeks smeared with black grease whilst the new Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center designed by Zaha Hadid contains contemporary exhibitions of note.
Historic Pedigree – Moving 40 miles outside of Baku to the mountainous area of the Gobustan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national historical landmark of Azerbaijan, a half day excursion will allow guests to discover a site famous for its petroglyths and rock engravings dating back tens of thousands of years.
Light Installation – the artistic sojourn will end where it started at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers but this time, it is the building itself which is the exhibit. When strolling along the Promenade alongside the Caspian Sea, an LED light installation takes place on the façade of the Flame Towers Complex every evening. This free light installation has propelled the building even further into the limelight with designs seemingly replicated onto the exterior of the building via LED fittings set above each guest room widow. Lighting designer Francis Krahe and his team created the illuminations system to complement the Flame Towers Complex and it is thought to be the biggest LED media display in the world. The Azerbaijan flag morphs into a flag waver and eventually represents a raging fire – fittingly representing Azerbaijan – the land of fire. When inside Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers however, residents are completely unaware that this public art “happening” is taking place.
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About Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers: On the highest part of the city of Baku, Azerbaijan’s vibrant capital lies the just opened Fairmont Baku, located in the northernmost tower of the three comprising the Flame Towers complex. Designed by HOK International in the shape and essence of a flame – an apt symbol for this historic “land of fire”- the building is one of the most extraordinary and innovative constructions of modern times and is itself the tallest building in Azerbaijan.
The 36-storey Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers features 318 rooms suites and apartments, over 2,500 square metres (26,900 square feet) of multi-use meeting space, a 3,500 square metre (37,674 square feet), spa facility – ESPA at Fairmont Baku, located over two floors – and several restaurants, bars and lounges. With breathtaking views over Baku, the Caspian Sea and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the ancient Inner City, Fairmont Baku Flame Towers is swiftly becoming the place to stay and be seen.
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