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Old August 19th, 2007, 04:14 AM   #1
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ALMATY | Almaty Financial District Development News




Almaty Financial District
Almaty, Kazakhstan

General Information

Developer
Capital Partners (KZ)
Participating Architects
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Leslie E. Robertson Associates and others
Buildings Count
30+
Construction Begin
2006
Construction End
4Q 2007 (Phase I)



Project Brief

Almaty Financial District, with its 35 floor Capital Tower, is situated in Al-Farabi Avenue,
the main business, shopping and residential street in Almaty.

Project Description

The new Almaty Financial District will benefit from a fantastic location at the foot of Kazakhstan’s impressive Alatau mountain range. Furthermore, it will serve as the financial hub for the entire Central Asian region.

“With ultra-modern conceptual design from New York's Skidmore Owings and Merrill architects, the 30+ buildings that will form the Almaty Financial District will open between in a series of phases with the first phase scheduled for completion by December 2007.”




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Official local forum discussion(RU/ENG)
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=307836

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http://www.afd.kz/

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Old August 19th, 2007, 04:25 AM   #2
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Almaty Financial District(AFD) Recent Phase I Renders

Category
Class "A" Offices
Architect
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (US)
Clients/Tenants
AFD B LLP
Kazkommertsbank
AFD C LLP
Bank TuranAlem
Total Area
161 520 sq. m (4 buildings)
Construction Begin
2006
Construction End
3Q 2007 and 4Q 2007






























Kazkommerts Bank Office Building


Developer
Capital Partners (KZ)
Architects
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (US)
Structure Design Engineer
Leslie E. Robertson Associates RLLP (US)
Construction Begin
2006
Construction End
2007


This project consists of a new 7-story financial building with two below grade parking levels. The total gross area will be approximately 517,000 sf (48,000 sm).






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Old August 19th, 2007, 11:31 AM   #3
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I didn't think Almaty, Kazakhstan would surprise us this way. I almost had a hart attack (j/k).

Congratulations!

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Old August 19th, 2007, 04:13 PM   #4
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Progress Update as of July 07
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Old August 20th, 2007, 01:17 AM   #5
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Old August 20th, 2007, 02:00 AM   #6
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Master Plan Developers Speak

Brown Sardina has been assisting the architects through design development for projects within the 290 acre Almaty Financial District Master Plan area consisting of 13 project sites sequenced to meet the demand for state-of-the-art facilities in Almaty. The majority of the proposed space is office use (approx. 1,000,000 sf). The plan also contains residential units (approx. 1,000) and 65,000 sf of retail space. All projects have at least 2 levels of below grade parking for approx. 14,000 cars. Amenity systems consist of internal drop-off loops, pedestrian systems linking all of the projects and open space systems over structure that include seasonal-interest plantings, fountains, seating and quiet spaces for relaxation. The large central spine was created to unify the entire district and contains a proposed city cultural center. With more than 100ft of grade change from north to south, each of the project sites had to address challenging grade change occurring at their perimeters.


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Al Farabi Business Center

Information from: http://aesthetechtonik.com/2007/08/1...e-v01-concept/

On the tail of the Repbulic Square competition, another *small* project competition emerged in the heart of Almaty’s financial district that was simple in the challenge it set forth; a speculative office complex 160,000 sm, consisting of four buildings, 2 large (flanking the site), and 2 smaller (in the middle). Our team, since having won the competition, is finding in the midst of its development, that the project has grown considerably in size, scope, and complexity. I will try to document this ongoing effort, to bring to light design issues put on the table, challenges faced, and what it might mean for the client, city, and occupants.



The Concept

The client’s interest for the project is one which predicates a desire to create a formidable presence in a burgeoning financial district at the southeast corner of the city. The Kazak culture as a whole has strong ties to the landscape, which for centuries was the enabler of their nomadic lifestyle. They were a people who farmed the steppe between the lowlands, and the southern mountain ranges. It is this affinity for their environs, coupled with a desire to participate in a dialogue with western society that led them to the development of this project.At its rudiments, the buildings of the Al Farabi Business Center have the advantage of being the third project in an on-going collaborative between NBBJ, E/Ye Design, and TS Engineering (TSE). TSE is the client, developer, and shared user of the complex. As stated above, the formal nature of these investigations resonated highest with the client because of their simultaneous addressing of both the desire to create buildings which become part of, and speak to, a larger landscape, as well as situating themselves in a contemporary discussion with the richness and technology of western architecture. The goal of the project is synergistic with this ideal; to create place beyond the realm of speculative office (the parameters of which were dictated by the client to be four buildings of a specific size and location), which amplifies this discussion. Thusly, an attitude held by the project at its inception was to accommodate the programmatic, ecological and metric requirements of the speculative typology by pushing the Architecture to both the perimeter and interstitial space between the buildings, leaving the interior potential to be a flexible as possible for the future tenants.



Differentiation of these spaces is evoked through a shared formal relationship with the building and ground-plane through manipulated splines, to create an abstracted relationship to the life of the landscape and landforms of the steppe in opposition to the imposed gridded geometry of the city and its gardens (as residual from Soviet occupation). These geometries are subverted, however, described only by rigorous deployment of linear construction methodologies, speaking to a degree of machined western refinement, and adapt to certain situations afforded by the site.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 10:48 PM   #8
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OMG...This is stunning! An excellent project for Almaty.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 12:14 AM   #10
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I love the project, it's not just skyscrapers popping all over the place, but some really nice and different modern architecture
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 05:57 AM   #11
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what???? are you f..ing with me??? ... this is amazing.....

Almaty, Kazakhstan??? come on.... its just... WOW...


When its going to be the moment that Venezuela will star such a amazing proyect ?


Congratulations Almaty
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Old August 24th, 2007, 09:04 AM   #12
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The renders look fantastic! according to the info at the top of the thread the first phase of the financial district was supossed to be finished by the last quarter of this year, is everything going as scheduled?
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Old August 31st, 2007, 02:29 PM   #14
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Old August 31st, 2007, 03:15 PM   #15
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Great project! Almaty's rapid development is due to the discovery of vast oil and mineral reserves in KZ.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:10 PM   #16
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Great project! Almaty's rapid development is due to the discovery of vast oil and mineral reserves in KZ.
True, but the current growth is also defined by leaps and bounds in the financial sector, moderate inflation, and increasing consumer spending.
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I am totally impressed. Almaty is going to be the best town in Asia!
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Old September 9th, 2007, 02:28 AM   #18
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Phase I Works
September Update

TuranAlem Bank building: current progress:

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Excavation works for the future Kazkommertz bank building along the Markov street are in progress:

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Those new buildings look very modern.
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