Besh Barmag Pitstop

01Project description

Development of an area for rest and services

Historically, for more than 3,000 years, the narrow lowlands between the mountain and the Caspian Sea have been used as a resting place for caravans going from the north to Baku and vice versa. The new rest area is planned to be in exactly the same place on the new Baku-Quba highway. It will simultaneously be a turning-off point to Besh Barmag mountain and a place for relaxation for travellers and birdwatchers.

The main idea behind the new rest stop is based on the creation of a small, clean and comfortable area for rest and services, which will satisfy both short-term and long-term visitors. Bearing in mind the different amounts of time people will be spending there and the existing form of the landscape, the buildings are composed in the shape of a triangle.

The spaces for short-term activities are closer to the road and include shops, fast food places, toilet facilities and stalls where local residents sell fruit and vegetables. The longer-term activities are intended for travellers who are not in a hurry and want to enjoy the view of the sea, or visit the local tourist information centre, birdwatching tower or mosque.

02Project team

Guntis Zinģis in cooperation with Cobalt

03Total area of the territory

2,6 ha



05Areas of buildings

2700 m²


Concept design

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