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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Haileybury Astana School in Astana, Kazakistan by Cinici Architects

 
November 1st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Cinici Architects

Haileybury, one of the Britain’s oldest and most prestigious independent boarding schools, has its Astana Campus situated on a 12 hectares site, with 20 000 m2 closed area. There were three challenges while developing the design idea of this campus: the vast and flat layout of the city, the complexity of the programme and the climatic conditions. The challenge of complexity aroused its counterpart, simplicity, as the main design strategy.

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  • Architects: Cinici Architects 
  • Project: Haileybury Astana School
  • Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Photography: Cemal Emden
  • Project Date: 2009 – 2010
  • Construction Date:  2010 – 2011 (1st Phase)
  • Client: Capital Partners
  • Project Management: Mert Gokturk
  • Civil Engineer: Fonksiyon Muhendislik – Atilla Caydamlı
  • Mechanical: Okutan Mühendislik – Mehmet Okutan
  • Electrical: Aykar Mühendislik – Mehmet Karadurak
  • Landscape Architecture: DS Mimarlik – Deniz Aslan
  • Acoustic Consultant: Sey Muhendislik – Yıldız Sey
  • Total construction area: 20 500 m2( 1 phase)
  • Construction type: ReinforcedConcrete + Steel Construction

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

The four parts of the school programme (Pre-school, KS1, KS2, Senior School) each having unique spatial requirements, are resolved into one comprehensive unity: the square. An understanding of a “generic section” that responds to the heavy mechanical and electrical requirement as well as programmatic complexities is developed responding to the climatic conditions. After all, surprisingly, the rebirth of the archetypal “Courtyard” witnessed – as an unintended reference to the original Haileybury in UK. In a vast city like Astana, which is in the process of development and pervaded by extreme flatness, this two storey, low-rise building, devoid of historic and iconic references, offered its own vastness and horizontality as a reverence to the city.

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cemal Emden

Image Courtesy © Cinici Architects

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