Planting the City. Регенерация промышленной прибрежной морской зоны города Баку под общественные пространства. Pierre-François Le Jeanne
Rather than thinking of the future of the city by the accumulation of architectural projects, our suggestion takes as its starting point the nature and wealth of public spaces. Recharacterisation of the Baku waterfront must find itself reflected right across the land.
To the West and the East, two large sets of nature are to be conserved. In the North, a vast lake. In the South, the Caspian Sea. In the distance, the mountains. We propose to create a green and blue framework that connects and hangs these multiple pieces of nature to make them more understandable and accessible.
The waterfront is the horizontal axis. A new vertical axis splits the urban fabric and controls the juncture between the sea and Lake Boyukshor.
These areas left to nature will help create, like many major world capitals, a very large park for locals and tourists. Planning this development in the long term is to anticipate the densification of the urban fabric and release a real appealing breath for future generations.
On one side of the park, the city. New builds are turning to woodlands, lawns and natural areas. The architecture draws inhabited densities that, thanks to the topography, benefit from views of the park and also towards the horizon.
On the other side, the Caspian Sea. The park increases interactions with water. Pontoons, floating gardens, pools and other water activities are being supported. An artificial beach is being designed to the East. In the distance, the island of Boyuk Zira is a landmark in the landscape. It will be capable of housing a unique monument, accessible by boat.
Occasionally, the buildings can integrate into the green pocket. These spectacular structures can be magnets of attraction (museums, hotels,...).
We believe that the city of tomorrow will be as natural as it is urban. In equal proportions, plants and minerals coexist in a symbiotic and ecological sense. Baku must anticipate this cultural shift and leave the required space to nature in its urban expansion, even if this upsets its habits.