200,000 Sq Meter- Combined Hotel, Office, Residential Tower
Kazakhstan is an economically booming country due to its large, recently discovered deposits of natural resources. Almaty is one of its largest cities and is growing quickly. Economic growth means new business, growing populations, and new tourism. Republic Square is one of the most important sites in the city, and across from the square is where a new 27 story hotel, residential tower and office complex will be built. Each program requires different access to transportation, amenities, and views as the tower grows upward. To suit these varied needs, levels of program wrap around each other as the building rises from the ground. A main driver for the wrapping is affording different views of Almaty and the beautiful mountain ranges that define its’ boundaries. The city center is best viewed from the front of the site, the mountains best seen looking out from the the back of the site. A series of diagrams were derived from responding to the different needs of each program at different elevations and used to create the form of the project and the spaces where programs would interact.