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Baku Olympic Stadium

The Baku Olympic Stadium has been designed to meet the highest international standards for stadiums set by the Union of European Football Associations.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Heermin Architects & Planners & Tekfen Construction
Owner
State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR)
Location
Baku, Azerbaijan
Completion Date
Area
225,000 m²
Seating Capacity
68,000
Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. Courtesy Tekfen Construction
Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. Courtesy Tekfen Construction
Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. Courtesy SOCAR
Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. Courtesy Tekfen Construction
Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. Courtesy Tekfen Construction
Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. Thornton Tomasetti
Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. Aris Theodorou photo
Revit and Tekla model of Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. Thornton Tomasetti

A Striking New Stadium for Azerbaijan

The 2015 European Games were the first of its kind and provided the perfect opportunity to promote Azerbaijan on the global stage. To be ready for the opening night ceremonies, the Baku Olympic Stadium had an aggressive 24-month design - build schedule. The result is an iconic sporting structure for the capital city, a stadium that takes its design inspiration from a 12th-century Azeri monument.

We provided structural engineering services to Heermin Architects & Planners and Tekfen Construction for the 68,000-seat stadium.

baku Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. Thornton Tomasetti
Baku Olympic Stadium Time-Lapse

Highlights

  • To support the accelerated schedule, the project team performed design and construction simultaneously and relied heavily on advanced modeling and automation techniques.
  • To maximize design flexibility, the structural design used piled raft foundations, a system more typical of high-rise buildings than stadiums.
  • Our team developed an automated design routine to check beam and column reinforcement against seismic code provisions, greatly speeding the design process.
  • Precast reinforced concrete and main and secondary steel structures were all modeled using Tekla Structures. Full fabrication drawings were delivered to the contractor’s fabrication facility in Turkey.