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Old November 6th, 2007, 03:06 PM   #41
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Its simple, modern and interesting. But we'l have to wait and see if it will look much like that night render.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 09:58 AM   #42
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Cool cubic shape
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Old November 8th, 2007, 04:56 PM   #43
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This project got a new name:
Central Markets

From the Foster+Partner website:

"Central Markets is a staggered matrix of buildings with a retail and leisure podium and a hotel cluster at the base that rises to form a series of office and residential towers to the north - creating a new landmark on Astana’s skyline. The retail podium contains elements which are a reinvention of a traditional marketplace and also incorporate a light rail station and public square. Situated along Astana’s ‘green axis’, Central Markets incorporates a series of temperate year-round winter gardens. And allows light to be channelled deep into the mass of the buildings, creating a network of sheltered pedestrian routes through the site. A highly efficient compact scheme, the organisation of the building into a matrix of blocks is an effective means of maximising the potential for thermal insulation during the colder winter months, when temperatures can reach as low as -40 degrees Celsius. The cluster formation - where the taller blocks of varying heights rise out of the matrix - has been carefully designed to provide the appropriate views for the different building types. The more exclusive penthouses and the higher residential towers have dramatic views over the city, while the lower rise offices and hotel are more inward facing to reinforce the sense of place. Sections of the retail mall will draw on the historic legacy of Kazakhstan’s traditional Bazaars by recreating a bustling marketplace ambience. Light shafts between the blocks are infused with colour by the use of laminated glass panels that flood the spaces below with a dynamic play of light, shadow and patterns. The design concept has been driven by the extreme local climate and a rigorous process of climate analysis revealed a solution that would maximise solar gain in the colder months with an innovative thermal hot water collecting system for the south façade are being considered. The north façade is heavily insulated to harness heat, and appears like a solid grid interspersed with random glazing. The effect is a distinctive, textured membrane that animates this cooler elevation."
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Old November 8th, 2007, 06:30 PM   #44
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....can't wait to see a bigger rendering


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Old November 8th, 2007, 06:33 PM   #45
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Project looks very good!
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Old November 8th, 2007, 06:37 PM   #46
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Marin, thanks for that!
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Old November 8th, 2007, 07:14 PM   #47
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Wow. I think everyone here is intersted in seeing if the real deal is gonna be anything like the night rendering...
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Old November 8th, 2007, 10:10 PM   #48
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yes, thx Marin . really wonderful project!!!
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Old November 8th, 2007, 10:43 PM   #49
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Outstanding project.

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Old November 8th, 2007, 11:40 PM   #50
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Really amazing complex! It will be huge! Dont forget ppl, this is not one tower but a city within city... I counted 9 towers width and 5 towers height thats whopping 45 towers complex.

Go Kazakhstan! Astana is next Dubai!

Cant wait to see the real thing under construction...

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Old November 9th, 2007, 02:09 AM   #51
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Actually if you look carefully it seems like it's 9x7, not 9x5.
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Old November 9th, 2007, 02:16 AM   #52
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Thanks for the clarification, Sbz2ifc... You are right. I looked on the right side and not on the left. So technically it could be up to 63 towers. So HUGE!
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Old November 9th, 2007, 08:54 AM   #53
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Foster design to warm up winter for Kazakhs

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Saturday November 3, 2007
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After the Golden Egg and the giant yurt, the latest addition to the architectural playground that is Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, is a mini-city designed to look like a three dimensional bar chart.

Norman Foster has designed the complex to include an 88-storey office tower, a "traditional" Kazakh market and a winter garden the size of a football pitch to offer locals the chance to enjoy temperatures of around 10C (50F) while it is -30C outside.

The project is part of the plan by Nursultan Nazarbayev, the authoritarian president of Kazakhstan, to spend oil and gas revenues on a new capital.

Following a masterplan drawn up in a day by Kisho Kurokawa, Mr Nazarbayev has built two intersecting boulevards, each a mile long and 180 metres wide. At their junction is the national archive, shaped like a golden egg. The transport ministry is shaped like a cigarette lighter and this year Foster and Partners completed a vast tent containing tropical gardens, beaches and a nine-hole golf course.

Foster's latest addition will be called Abu Dhabi Plaza after Mr Nazarbayev gifted the site to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, president of the United Arab Emirates. It will be built by a corporation partly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi.

Gerard Evenden, senior partner at Foster and Partners, said the design was intended to keep out the cold and maximise heat from the sun and was "a pure expression of environmentally sensitive design ... the towers are clustered together to conserve energy like penguins huddling in the winter," he said. "The tallest are at the north and turn their backs to where the cold winds blow from the steppes."

Solar panels facing south will collect energy to heat water.
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Old November 9th, 2007, 09:14 AM   #54
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Nice Design!
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Old November 9th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #55
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Interesting and decidedly original, but I dislike boxy design.
That said I wouldn't want to see something like this in my city.
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Old November 9th, 2007, 11:33 PM   #56
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Nice! It's also interesting to see that Norman Foster gave up on triangles
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Old November 14th, 2007, 03:38 PM   #57
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F..., what a great tower!!!! Awesome!
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Old November 14th, 2007, 11:56 PM   #58
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Here are a set of images and a description of Abu Dhabi Central Market( in UAE), a project that reinterprets the traditional Arab souk and draws on the vernacular architecture of the region. I think it is very similar to 'Astana Markets' in a way, and especially in how it takes into consideration the nature of that particular culture where it is going up right now. I think Foster's project makes a good point that even though the world is globalizing at a very fast rate, it is still very important to practice an environmentally-friendly design and a culture-conscious architecture to help preserve intergrity of local way of life. In addition, for people of Astana and Kazakhstan as a whole it would mean resurrecting and rethinking creative approaches to their traditional Islamic architecture that greatly diminished during almost seven decades of the Soviet rule.





The project, which was announced late last year, is designed by architects Foster + Partners.



It consists of a new market complex plus three new towers containing offices, apartments and hotels.



Project info follows:


"Foster + Partners reveals designs to transform Abu Dhabi’s historic Central Market into a dynamic new quarter with markets, shops, offices, apartments and hotels. One of the oldest sites in the city, Central Market will be a reinterpretation of the traditional market place and a new civic heart for Abu Dhabi."




The project comprises a combination of lower-rise, ecologically sensitive levels of retail, roof gardens - forming a new public park - and three towers, with generous underground parking. Pushed to the corners of the site to maximise the ground plane, the cluster of towers creates a striking new urban landmark.



Like a modern version of the souk, the new Central Market will be a city in microcosm. It will unite high end retail and luxury goods shops with individual courtyards and alleys, together with food markets and craft-based trades specific to the region. Avoiding the generic feel of the universal shopping mall, the scheme will fuse the local vernacular with global aspirations.



While the towers relate to distance and skyline, the souk and the lower levels are scaled to the pedestrian. An intimate sequence of streets, alleys, courtyards, balconies and colonnades dissolve barriers between inside and outside, with flexible sliding roofs and walls to enable control of internal environments, and to maximise potential for natural ventilation. Like a patchwork quilt of gridded modules of varying height, the scheme is a highly articulated composition that bridges and unifies two city blocks.

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Old November 14th, 2007, 11:57 PM   #59
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wonderful towers, can't wait to see them completed
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