This is the type of thing we’d expect from Dubai or Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but we’re a little surprised to hear that Azerbaijan has ambitions of building the world’s tallest skyscraper.

The current plan has the Azerbaijan Tower pegged at 1,050 metres with 189 floors. That’s 220 metres taller than the Burj Khalifa and 50 metres taller than the Kingdom Tower planned for Jeddah.

Okay, we know what you’re thinking. “Big deal, another super tall skyscraper, just build a ladder to the moon already.” Well, the difference here is the Avesta Group of Companies, the company financing the project, aren’t building it in the capital city (Baku, for all you trivia nerds out there). No, this kilometre tall tower is planned for an artificial island in the Caspian Sea.

According to The Atlantic Cities:

“The Azerbaijan Tower will be the crowning centerpiece of the Khazar Islands, a $100 billion city of 41 artificial islands that will spread 2,000 hectares over the Caspian. The buoyant metropolis is being planned for 1 million residents, who will be housed in endless rows of high-rises ranging for 25 to 60 stories in height.”

Now that’s one heck of a project!

So this may seem to come out of nowhere considering Azerbaijan is a former Soviet republic and has a relatively small population. However, the small country in the Caucasus boasts one of the world’s fastest growing economies and is rich in oil and natural gas.

Makes more sense now, doesn’t it?

The Khazar Islands are expected to be ready in 2022, so while we wait, let’s have a look at a few more stunning renderings of this extraordinary structure:

Photos courtesy of the Architizer.

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