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

‘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
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
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.
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
urban and architectural design
stefano boeri architetti
stefano boeri
francisca insulza
stefano baseggio
pietro pezzani
daniele iodice

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