"The Black City throughout centuries will turn White, clean, there will be grown flowers, and it will come to be a beautiful sight of Azerbaijan..."

HEYDAR ALIYEV National Leader of Azerbaijan

Being the oldest centre of the world oil industry, Baku within a short period has turned into a large modern city with its own inimitable appearance.  

This rapidly developing city is becoming a desirable place for work and life, for leisure and entertainment, ambitious to attract big business and foreign investment.  

The Black City appeared at the end of 19th century in the eastern part of Baku; a piece of urban heritage from the first oil boom and the result of urban development from a distant past. It has played a major role in the oil industry for more than 100 years, performing activities of refining, storage and transportation of "black gold".  

Nowadays, a unique opportunity for the restoration of the Black City area has arisen on an industrial site, which is located directly at the centre of Baku Bay and to the east of the city center. A site with an area of 1650 ha and surrounded by a dynamically developing city infrastructure has a chance to be reborn for a new purpose, and has become one of the most attractive opportunities for investments.  

In respect of the Decree dated September 28th, 2006 by His Excellency ILHAM ALIYEV, The President of the Azerbaijan Republic, entitled "COMPREHENSIVE ACTION PLAN FOR IMPROVING THE ECOLOGICAL CONDITIONS IN THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC DURING 2006 – 2010" steps were undertaken for the removal of industrial uses to the edge of the city, decontamination of land, and improvements of the coastal boulevard.  

In accordance with the order of the Head of Baku Executive Power dated June 11, 2010; it was decided to restore and redevelop the Black City area, which is crossed by "8 Noyabr" Prospect - the main route connecting the capital with its international airport, named after Heydar Aliyev.  

As lead consultant, the world-renowned global engineering and architectural design firm Atkins (UK) performed masterplanning and detailed planning activities for the project. Along with specialists from Azerbaijan, Fosters and Partners (UK), established by legendary architect Norman Foster and American architectural bureau F+A Architects, with their globally renowned experience in the design of retail projects, were also involved.  

Architectural diversity, ecological compatibility and a considered integration of the new development into the existing urban context of the city were identified as major themes in the forming of the project concept. The result has created a project where, aside from fascinating architecture and investment opportunities; land restoration and the stimulation of construction activity, along with the creation of an attractive environment and infrastructure has stimulating a willingness to live and work in such a place.  

The grandeur of the concept and the professionalism of the highly considered work that was carried out places Baku at the forefront of urban design and planning, and puts it in line with the world's leading urban projects.  

With the initiation of this project, the industrial appearance of the Black City will become a memory, giving way to harmony and comfort in the name of Baku White City, called upon to fulfill its role as a new modern centre of Baku - the leading regional city with a unique character.  

Baku White City is oriented toward both local and foreign investment, offering a wide range of residential and commercial buildings of various sizes. Investors will be able to select suitable units for investment and construction, from small villas to large-scale urban projects.  

Carried out within the context of the Executive Power framework, by the Decree of Mr. ILHAM ALIYEV, the President of the Azerbaijan Republic entitled "COMPREHENSIVE ACTION PLAN FOR IMPROVING THE ECOLOGICAL CONDITIONS IN THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC DURING 2006 – 2010", the project provides legal and organizational support - regardless of the scale of investment - to all investors of Baku White City.

  One of the biggest

Baku White City is one of the largest modern projects in the world, built entirely on ecologically reclaimed industrial zone.

  1650 ha development

Baku White City will encompass 1650 ha, making it largest development in Caucasus region

  280 000 residents


  350 ha landscape


  10 districts

Baku White City consists of 10 neighboring districts. The effective use of land for the development of each district is crucial for the realisation of the entire masterplan.

  About 15 mln sq.m. gross built area


  Up to 120 000 residential and commercial units


  240 000 workplaces

When completed Baku White City will be able to provide 240 000 workplaces.

  Around 200 000 parking places


  Extension of Boulevard Line

Baku White City will add 10 km to existing Boulevard Line of Baku, making it largest in the world.

  Up to 4 ha new Fountain Square

Baku White City's Fountain Square will be twice the size of the current Fountain Square (2 ha).

  Landmark for each district

Throughout Baku White City there are buildings and structures intended as 'landmarks', to help people orientate themselves and to prevent the environment from appearing to be homogenous. The various landmarks include tall and distinctive singular buildings, gateway structures and bridges, with many sited at the end of unique viewing corridors to enhance the 'visual' effect.

  Social & Entertainment Centre

Social & Entertainment Centre of the region will be located in Baku White City.

  New metro station

The new metro station, located on Fountain Square of Baku White City, will be a continuation of the existing Azadlig-Khatai line.

  1.50 FAR

1.50 - this is the Floor-to-Area ratio of Baku White City.

  Modern City Center

Being a modern center, Baku White City is located just 4 km from the main attraction of Baku - the Maiden Tower (Qız Qalası).

In respect of the Decree from September 28th, 2006 by His Excellency ILHAM ALIYEV, The President of the Azerbaijan Republic, entitled "COMPREHENSIVE ACTION PLAN FOR IMPROVING THE ECOLOGICAL CONDITIONS IN THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC DURING 2006 – 2010"

Resolution of the Head of Baku City Executive Power to ADEC - Azerbaijan Development Company for the designing and contraction of new residential buildings and public establishments on the basis of the approval of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, Decree № 262, 11.06.2007;

The Approval of Masterplan

Head Office of Architecture and Town-Building under the Executive Power of Baku City, "Masterplan Approval", 18/04-122, 20.05.2010;

The Approval of Masterplan

Under The Head Office of the State Committee of Town-Building and Architecture of Azerbaijan Republic, " Approval of the Masterplan for BWC development" No. 04/04 - 506, 21.06.2010.