stefano boeri architects: solid waves, kazahkistan
jun 10, 2010
stefano boeri architects: solid waves, kazahkistan

‘solid waves’ – housing development scheme in astana, kazahkistan by stefano boeri architects
all images courtesy stefano boeri




italian stefano boeri architects has won a prize for a housing development scheme in astana, kazahkistan. the international competition organized by the astana department of architecture and urban planning called for the design of a contemporary residential neighborhood with affordable housing and services to restructure a run down area next to the city center.

‘solid waves’ front view




designed as a contemporary living landmark, solid waves is a system that combines residence, green public spaces with commercial and public infrastructure. its unique and strong presence is a declaration for the sustainable future of the contemporary city; a place that promotes social gathering and endorses the need for collective green space.

‘solid waves’




solid waves generates a residential urban park; living, green and service spaces combined into a single neighborhood where programs and nature live off each to create a new model for a symbiotic urban organism. the project also operates on a multiplicity of scales. while the towers are visible from a distance and take advantage, in terms of the views, of the position of the complex within the city, a system of courts provides protected spaces that shelter inhabitants from the harsh weather elements while maintaining a close relation to the open.

in the courtyard




formally, ‘solid waves’ is dense project articulated as a continuous excavated horizontal platform that rises towards the sky; a movement of the ground that results in an emergence within the territory. under its green covering, programs are placed in accordance to their degree of public or private character. towards the exterior of the site, and particularly towards the north and south, commercial programs take advantage of the larger, more public nature of the streets. the position of the towers towards the north of the site permits optimum lighting for the tower units and avoids casting a shadow onto the low rise residences.

‘solid waves’ from a distance

elevations of solid waves

elevations of solid waves



project info:


international urban planning competition for the concept master plan of a mixed-use housing development project in astana, kazahkistan organization: astana department of architecture and urban planning
year: 2010
team: stefano boeri, francisca insulza, stefano baseggio, pietro pezzani, daniele iodice

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