The hotel and the other structures in the Crescent Bay development will characterise Azerbaijan's architectural landscape. The Crescent Bay urban development project has been ongoing since late 2009; its 450,000 m² footprint covers an entire man-made island in the Caspian Sea. The crescent-shaped hotel structure gives the project its name.
Along with the La Luna luxury hotel build with 125,000 m², the construction project also includes the Crescent City office complex and the Crescent Place build (with residences, a shopping and leisure-time centre), both already finished. Crescent City and Crescent Place were constructed in the period 2013 to 2016.
When finished by its planned completion date in late 2017, La Luna – the 7-star luxury hotel with 230 rooms, 74 apartments and 16 villas – will be the premium address for a stay in Azerbaijan's capital city Baku. The concept as a whole was drafted by South Korean architects Heerim Architects & Planners, project owner is Azerbaijan-based Gilan Holding.
Extreme weather conditions require individual formwork
With wind-speeds of more than 80 km/h in this region, it is difficult to use cranes for working high above ground level. All the more so on the La Luna build. The challenging weather conditions and the architectural concept with the unique crescent-moon shape call for safe and individual formwork solutions.
The Doka engineers on the project recommended the use of automatic climbing formwork in order to optimise progress on the build. The outcome was that the build rate was increased from the planned three to five storeys per month. The formwork of the building cores of the hotel structure has all-hydraulic assistance. The automatic climbers climb the large working platforms from one storey to the next. That reduces costly crane time; the automatic climbing systems also meet the strict safety requirements.