New photos of the Baku Crystal Hall show off the design's original use of material and light.

This newly released set of photographs shows off the gem-like Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan. Constructed as a temporary concert hall for last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, German firm GMP Architekten (along with contractors Alpine Bau Deutschland and Nüssli) subtly altered the design along the way so it can be part of the city skyline for another 30-40 years.

The Crystal Hall, which can also serve as a sports stadium, was built over eight-month of simultaneous design and construction — necessary in order to beat the countdown to the singing competition. It’s made out of lightweight steel with a faceted membrane facade to resemble cut crystal, and stands as a shining symbol of Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital, which has recently begun revitalization efforts with new architecture projects.

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