The FC Gabala Sports Complex designed by AFL Architects is located in Gabala, Azerbaijan. AFL’s design was inspired by the nearby ruins of ancient ‘Kabala’, as well as by the stunning mountainous landscape that surrounds it. As such, the designs include positioning of stone walls across the site, broken and deconstructed at key points to articulate the elevations. A striking tower – inspired by the stonework of the ancient city gates – marks the primary entrance into the stadium, and creates a contemporary landmark for the city. Large expanses of curtain wall glazing front onto the dramatic public space at the centre of the development, contrasting with the mass of the stonework, and allowing a large amount of natural light into the buildings.
Large format Brise Soleil break up the glazing, providing solar shading and privacy to spaces within as necessary. Accommodation within the stadium will include hotel and conferencing facilities, retail and corporate hospitality space, and a viewing deck at the top of the entrance tower.