Baku Tollgate Azerbaijan

Architect: Arup London
Company: Silkway AG Baku
Steelwork: Waagner Biro AG
Static: Handel Engineering
Project Start: December 2009

Impressive monumental gate to the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, this wing shaped hyperbolic parabolic structure focuses attention with its clear reference to aviation, as an invitation to fly. A triangular welded steel box section in compression supports a cable mesh in suspension bearing the metallic roof panels. It sweeps above the twelve lanes of the road and announces arrival at the airport facilities. The materials used and the dynamic structural form relate to the family of structures embodied in the other airport buildings, thus contributing to the overall identity of the site.

Project Team: Handel, Schweighart, Kernler