SOFAZ Tower – the administrative building of the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) located at Heydar Aliyev Avenue 165. SOFAZ Tower is unique project which combines ancient history of Azerbaijani Carpet Schools with the most recent technological innovations – motifs of Tabriz, Shirvan, Ganja, Garabakh, Gazakh, Guba, Irevan, Baku and Nakhchivan Carpet Schools are widely used in almost each corner of the building.
The conceptual project of SOFAZ Tower was prepared by the French “Inter Art Etudes” company.
The construction of the building was carried out by by Besix-Az Besix consortium established by the Belgium “N.A. Besix S.A” and local Az Besix companies.
Control over the construction process was carried out by “AECOM” Russia limited company.
With a height of 117 meters (140 meters with the tower), the administrative building is comprised of 24 floors including 2 underground floors for parking, three floors above ground called “podium” which includes common areas (canteen, library, conference hall, board meeting facilities, a museum, a conference hall for 200 seats and etc.), 18 open space office floors including the Executive Director’s floor and 3 technical floors.
The first thing you can see at the entrance to the building is the marble pattern of the wonderful Ardabil carpet. To create this unique work, 10 talented artists worked six days a week for four days. In the process, more than 10 types of natural stones were used. To create this work of art with an area of 150 square meters, more than 250,000 mosaic stones with a size of not more than 1×1 cm were used.
It should be noted that two identical copies of this carpet were first made for the tomb of Sheikh Safi al-Din in 1530. The tomb has been keeping both carpets for over 300 years. However, these rare works of art that were damaged after the earthquake were put up for sale. One of the carpets was acquired in 1893 by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Another carpet was donated to the Los Angeles Museum of Art in 1953.
Sustainability and energy efficiency requirements have been considered and implemented in the design and construction of the building. The building has a double skin façade with ventilated cavity providing efficient energy saving. The façade system includes motorized and sun sensor controlled retractable venetian blinds integrated in the cavity of the double skin façade and are grouped and controlled by weather sensors per elevation.
SOFAZ Tower falls under green building class. Soft landscaping (Winter Garden) has been included as part of the building’s design. The building also features renewable energy production specificity (non-standard energy gain techniques such as photovoltaic panels and solar invertors).
In 2016, the administrative building of SOFAZ has undergone BREEAM assessment in new construction fully-fitted methodology and became the first building in Azerbaijan to receive the Good rate.