Four of Kazakhstan’s biggest, greenest building projects
It is a good time to be involved in Kazakhstan’s building sector. Figures from Astana released earlier in 2016 have revealed spending on building work has jumped 7% throughout the first half of the year.
The Central Asian state is investing heavily in some spectacular buildings as the country experiences growing confidence in its construction industry. Kazakhstan is also keen to embrace green building techniques, methodologies and materials in its quest to become a world leader in renewable energy and construction.
A multitude of fresh building projects are happening in Kazakhstan right now. WorldBuild365 has chosen four of the most significant – providing a snapshot into one of the world’s most stimulating building markets.
Expo City, Astana
As the eco-friendly jewel in Kazakhstan’s green crown, Expo City demonstrates the country’s towering ambitions when it comes to green building. Expo City, currently under construction in the Kazakh capital of Astana, is being built specifically for the Expo 17 international exhibition.
Expo 17, a world fair celebrating innovation and design, is themed around the concept of “Future Energy”. Expo City, which will play host to the 2017 event, will form the centrepiece of Kazakhstan’s on-going eco-friendly construction initiatives.
Image: © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects
Based around a masterplan by American studio Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the 173 hectare site will feature buildings capable of providing all the requisite power for Expo City itself. Each structure will be hooked up to a city-wide grid and will also be constructed from materials allowing for the storing or generation of energy. Expect to experience solar panels as far as the eye can see if you’re travelling to Astana to enjoy the festivities in 2017.
Expo City will feature everything your regular city might, such as hotels, restaurants and residential buildings, all built using nothing but sustainable materials and eco-friendly knowledge. Construction is expected for completion early in 2017.
WILO Factory, Almaty
When it comes to green building in Kazakhstan, largest city Almaty is taking part as well, with a factory for Swedish HVAC manufacturer WILO. The WILO Campus Almaty, due to open in 2017, will be the first ‘green factory’ in Kazakhstan and a good example for future industrial architecture in the city.
Image: Kazakhstan Green Building Council
Located in the Damu Logistics Park, the campus bases its green credentials on being the first industrial building in Kazakhstan to gain LEED certification. Cutting emissions and energy use is the backbone of this – energy consumption will be 25% lower thanks to the use of greener technologies, and 30% less water will be used.
Talan Towers, Astana
Despite breaking ground in 2013, construction is still underway for what will be one of Astana’s major focal points. Over $350 million worth of investment has been steadily pumped into the Talan Towers project, which, once completed will become Kazakhstan’s first building built to meet LEED certification standards.
Two towers make up the bulk of this development. One will rise 26 storeys into the Astana skyline and house the Ritz-Carlton Astana hotel. The other, taller, twin will span 30 storeys in height and be used as a Class A international office complex. Bridging the two superstructures will be a three-storey podium containing a luxury fashion gallery.
Image: © Talan Towers
As mentioned above, the towers continue Kazakhstan’s ongoing affiliation with environmentally conscious building materials. According to Jordanian engineering firm JAIN Engineering, responsible for building the Talan Towers, the components and methodologies used will ensure the towers consumer up to 20% less energy than other structures of a similar size.
Abu Dhabi Plaza, Astana
As its name suggests, the Abu Dhabi is heavily funded by investment from the United Arab Emirates, to the tune of $1.6 billion, making it one of Kazakhstan’s costliest private construction projects.
But what of the Plaza itself? Not only is it one of the most expensive developments underway in Kazakhstan’s capital, but it is also one of the biggest too. The entire site covers 500,000 square metres, incorporating 550 residential apartments, a retail podium packed with shops, more office space and a 190 room hotel complete with cutting edge facilities.
Its true focal point, however, will be the central skyscraper. A new highlight of Astana’s skyline, the 75 storey tower will stretch to 320 metres in height once fully completed in 2018.
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