Fountain Square25 Nobel Avenue
Design Achievement - Fountain Square is a community shopping and meeting complex contained on four city blocks in the center of the new White City Master Plan in Baku. This destination connects on the north to Baku's Central Business District and on the south to a pedestrian bridge which links Fountain Square Park with Baku City Mall (also designed by DLR Group). The subtle, contemporary design pays tribute to the unique fabric of these culturally significant public spaces while providing the region with a host of new shopping and dining experiences. Sited on a challenging plane sloping down to the shores of the Caspian Sea, the design takes advantage of the grade change by incorporating multiple terraces and patios with unobstructed views of the coastline. Visitors are welcomed by multiple covered entry-points along the site, creating both intuitive wayfinding and a refuge from the midday sun.
Scope Summary - Fountain Square occupies a 200,000 SF site of prime downtown real estate. The scope of work includes the design for 287,500 SF of gross leasable area, including 19,700 SF of cafes/restaurants, and a 16,750 SF market. The location's stunning view of the Caspian shore is a result of 60 foot grade drop from one end of the site to the other. To counter such severe slope, DLR Group integrated the multi-level center into the natural hillside. The shopping levels cascade down the slope while interconnecting on multiple levels. DLR Group provided architectural services.