Pik Palace, the most luxurious hotel and prominent building in the mountain resort of Shahdag in Azerbaijan, opened its doors in early 2014. As requested by the client, the design is inspired by the grand hotels of the Swiss Alps. Local limestone and render clad the façade; the zinc-clad roof with its diamond-format tiles will develop a rich patina as it ages. Windows with bronze coloured frames add an understated sophistication and are flanked by traditionally styled shutters. Guestrooms, centrally placed on the facades, benefit from French doors onto balconies dressed with finely worked metal balustrades.
As visitors approach the resort from the north, a grand sense of arrival is unveiled. A gatehouse pavilion welcomes guests before they progress up the inclined driveway, passing the rooftops of the shops and then sweeping round above the ballroom level to reach the porte cochère and main entrance. An alternative entrance has been provided at ground-level linking the hotel directly with the shopping boutiques.
A primary consideration was the connection with the principal ski routes. Changing rooms and ski in/out facilities were therefore located in the south wing from where guests ski just a short way to the mountain lifts. At ground level, the central area between the two flanks of the building is occupied by a 700 sq metre ballroom which is carved into the mountainside and is column-free. It opens out on one side to a large “external ballroom” terrace protected by the undulations of the valley. Pik Palace comprises 168 guestrooms including a Presidential Suite and an exclusive 1,000 sq metre penthouse apartment. There are numerous restaurants, bars and cafes, an expansive spa and health club and indoor and outdoor pools, as well as the golf and ski facilities.
Images courtesy of Pik Palace Shahdag and Absheron Hotels