Almaty, the sister city of Istanbul, is the largest city in Kazakhstan with a population of 1,185,900 (2004) (8% of the population of Kazakhstan) citizens. In 1929, Almaty had become the capital of the Kazakh SSR; then in 1991, it was the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan until 1998, when the capital was moved to Astana. Almaty, however, remains the largest city in Kazakhstan and the country's major commercial center. On 21 December 1991, the Charter that ended the Soviet Union creating the “Commonwealth of Independent States” was signed there. In 1995-97, the pace of the government program of economic reform and privatization quickened, owing to its successful energy sector, but also to economic reform, good harvests, and foreign investment, the growth rate doubled in 2000’s. Substantial shifting of assets into the private sector resulted in many new investments. Align with its changing conjuncture; the city is under renovation in terms of public works as well.
The Business Center is planned to be one of the landmarks of the emergent business world in Almaty.
The emblem of mobility that characterizes our time is designed as living "Boxes" completely equipped for urban life, especially for the office use. The "Living Box" overcomes the contrast between "stable" and "temporary" that necessarily emerges from the rapidly transforming life-styles of our times.
Concrete and steel structured business center is 18 stories, and a terrace-launch above the building. Three underground levels is reserved for parking. The roof with its scenic view of Almaty, surrounded by greenery, impressive mountains and rivers, develops into a social area for the office users. All the offices are open to the mountain view of the city.
The bank branch will be located at the entrance floor and the headquarters at the 2nd and third floors. The safe deposits are planned to be at the first underground level. The other companies will be housed between 4th and 6th floors. The top floors are reserved for special use.
On Abay Avenue side, getting in from a landscaped piazza with green and water features, the entrance floor, where bank branch is at service, feels like an extension of the street. There is an open car park Tchaikovsky street where customers park with no trouble and access to the bank. Due to a drop off, the cars easily leave the park-area directed towards the Abay Avenue.
Rather than constructing a massive building, the main mass is broken into smaller but integral fractions; common areas and circulation alleys re-define the unity. The building gains a dynamic and interactive ambiance in terms of appearance and functions; individual boxes, which stick out like colorful lego structures, allow separate sections to preserve their exclusivity and each become more noticeable.
Re-assembled blocks are supported by structural conception of modern technological systems. Architectural expression of separate facilities of different brands become clearly legible as a result of unusual arrangement of dissimilar boxes at range of sizes and colors.
Random vertical gardens enrich the fašade while preserving the nature entity and creating social and relaxing spots. Spacing between the units leads the building to link with the sky and its environs.
Facilities like changing components, technological and healthy infrastructure such as raised flooring makes the building user-friendly and provides easy maintenance.
The glass fašade is not steady, hi-tech materials used for varying colors. The movable shutters, activated according to position of sunbeams, brings in a changing texture to the fašade and works as an alternative cladding. Due to ample lighting and effective signage at night, the appearance of the photogenic building acquires different characters at night and daytime.
Incorporating new design elements and technologies defines the architectural forms, practice and mood. As a formulation of a new concept of "living" and a new thought on man and "spaces", this dynamic building of colors and textures renews the visual environment and opens way to innovation and creativity in the re-emerging city of Almaty. The building is not only a contemporary architectural example, but also offers a “future office” concept.
Site Area: 6.680m▓
Consruction Area: 63.200m▓
ABAY BUSINESS CENTER
2006 / almaty