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Project Design


Four Seasons Baku Reardon Smith


Location Baku, Azerbaijan


Baku’s latest five star hotel opens


The Four Seasons has opened in Baku, Azerbaijan, joining seven other five star hotels that have opened in the city in the past year.


The hotel, which has been designed in the ‘French beaux arts style’ fea- tures 171 guest rooms – including 29 suites – almost all with balconies and views of the Caspian Sea or of Baku’s Old City. It also has a penthouse spa, a seventh floor swimming pool set underneath a glass atrium and than 1,800 sq m of function space. Reardon Smith were responsible for


The Four Seasons Baku features 171 guest rooms


the architecture, and interior design was by Richmond International. See feature on Baku, Leisure Management, Q2 2012, p40


The cultural centre will be situated on the riverfront


Project MECA Design


BIG architects Location Bordeaux, France


The gardens are Singapore’s latest attraction Project Gardens by the Bay


Design Wilkinson Eyre Architects Location Singapore


BIG designs MECA to culture in Bordeaux Gardens by the Bay opens in Singapore


An architectural team led by BIG architects has won the competition to design a new 12,000sq m cultural centre on Bordeaux’s riverfront, merging three cultural institutions. The new Maison de L’Economie Creative et de la Culture en Aquitaine (MECA) will incorporate new centres for con- temporary art, performing art and literature and movies. The building is conceived as a ‘single loop of public space and cultural institutions’. The outside of MECA can be trans- formed into a stage for concerts and art installations.


ISSUE 3 2012 © cybertrek 2012


Singapore’s newest tourist attraction, Gardens by the Bay, opened at the end of June. UK-based Wilkinson Eyre Architects has worked with Grant Associates, Atelier One, Land Design Studio and Atelier Ten on the 101-hectare (249-acre) first phase of the project. The gardens feature two lakes, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories, the Heritage Gardens and the ‘Supertrees’, measuring between 25m and 50m in height; two of which are connected by a 128m public walkway.


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