Funicular Baku

The construction of the funicular railway in the Azerbaijan capital, Baku, dates back to the 1960s. New steel and glass constructions replaced the previously existing top and valley stations, and a new railway system was constructed.

The 432 m long funicular railway is located on the coast of Baku/Azerbaijan and connects the Boulevard with the elevated ground on which the new ‘Flame Towers‘ were constructed. The funicular railway valley station is not far from the ‘National Flag Square‘ with the flag pole of the state and the ‘Crystal Hall’ the event complex that hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.

GIG Project GmbH of Attnang Puchheim, contracted Thomas Lorenz ZT GmbH with the structural engineering of the steel-glass enveloping surface and the façades. Thomas Lorenz ZT GmbH provided not only geometrical calculations, but also developed the static structure and calculated the steel-glass construction, and also provided the complete planning of the steel construction for the project.

The funicular railway was opened by President Ilham Aliyev in May 2012.

Structural Engineering
[Detailed planning incl. works planning for the steel-glass construction]
Period 2011
Client GIG Project GmbH
Scope 2,600 m² enveloping surface