Deniz Mall, the much-hyped new retail, leisure and entertainment redevelopment concept has made a soft opening to the public in central Baku.

Situated on the site of the former Baku Entertainment Centre, the shops and public areas in the new scheme are now open to visitors, of course with social distancing measures in place and a requirement for visitors to wear face masks in line with government health regulations. Because of these regulations, cafes and restaurants will remain closed for the foreseeable future until it is deemed safe to open them. The same will apply to the entertainment venues and cinema theatres.

Located on land reclaimed from the Caspian Sea, Deniz Mall is a 120,000sq m entertainment, retail, leisure and dining destination situated over five floors. A ‘flame’ tower is the centrepiece of eight star-shaped wings inspired by Azerbaijan’s national emblem.

Chapman Taylor designed the original building as a congress centre in 2007, and now the building has been repurposed, keeping the same design, to become Azerbaijan’s premier entertainment venue. Its redesign for the interior was planned to harmonise with the exterior design, ensuring a single homogenous concept for the centre. The building houses a family-orientated day-out experience, including world-class entertainment venues, serving a much-needed role for the city and the surrounding region.