INTER ART, PARIS
The new high-rise building for SOFAZ Headquarters in Azerbaijan will be a landmark for this region and will require a design solution of the highest quality. The main tower is 94m tall and has a square footprint measuring 34m along each side. It emerges from a two storey high cylindrical plinth with a diameter of 55m, which contains the entrance lobby and conference facilities. The tower is supported by four external structural columns located outside the envelope of the building and by the central maintenance core. Within the building envelope, supporting the concrete slabs is a grid of regularly spaced perimeter columns. Five intermediate structural columns distributed along each edge of the building separate the four major corner columns, but East and West the intermediate columns are incorporated into the elevator shafts.