Haileybury Astana School / Çinici Mimarlık

  • 16 Oct 2012
  • Educational Selected Works
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Architects: Çinici Mimarlık
Location: ,
Project Manager: Mert Göktürk, Birkan Küçük
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Project Area: 20500.0 sqm
Structure: Fonksiyon Mühendislik, Atilla Çaydamli
Mechanical: Okutan Mühendislik, Mehmet Okutan
Electrical: Aykar Mühendislik, Mehmet Karadurak
Infrastructure: Diyap Proje, Cumhur Zibel
Landscape: DS Mimarlik
Acoustic Design: Sey Mühendislik, Yıldız Sey

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.

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The challenge of complexity aroused its counterpart, simplicity, as the main design strategy. 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.

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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.

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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.

First Floor Plan

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Cite: "Haileybury Astana School / Çinici Mimarlık" 16 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=281219>