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  1. ArchDaily
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  3. Youth Center
  4. Kazakhstan
  5. Studio 44 Architects
  6. 2011
  7. Palace of Schoolchildren / Studio 44 Architects

Palace of Schoolchildren / Studio 44 Architects

  • 01:00 - 24 March, 2014
Palace of Schoolchildren / Studio 44 Architects
© Margarita Yawein
© Margarita Yawein
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Avenue, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Design Team

    Nikita Yavein, Sergey Aksenov, Darya Gordina, Mariam Zamelova, Vladimir Zenkevich, Ivan Kozhin, Darya Nasonova, Natalya Poznyanskaya, Nikolay Smolin, Yanina Smolina, George Snezhkin with the participation of Natalya Arkhipova, Ygor Britikov, Mariya Vinogradova, Ilya Grigoryev, Veronika Zhukova, Evgeniya Kuptsova, Elena Loginova, Nikolay Novotochinov, Kseniya Schastlivtseva, Anton Yar-Skryabin
  • Area

    18700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Margarita Yawein © Margarita Yawein © Margarita Yawein © Margarita Yawein + 26

  • General Contractor

    Bazis A Corporation
  • Project Development & Construction

    ТОО «Bazis – Proekt LTD» (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
  • Glass Construction Project

    A&G Technology Co. LTD (Thailand)
  • GFA

    46 550 sq. m
  • Useable Area

    34 600 sq. m
  • Proposed Area

    26 000 sq. m
  • Structural Volume

    205 000 cub. m
  • Proposed Youth Centre Capacity

    10 000 people
  • Open car parks

    250 cars – 7 000 sq. m
© Margarita Yawein
© Margarita Yawein

Exploded Diagram
Exploded Diagram

The design of the Palace has double coding – it provides allusions for both Suprematist composition and also for local traditions of dwelling construction that is accentuated in the slogan for the project “Khan Shangyrak. Shelter for the youth”.

© Margarita Yawein
© Margarita Yawein

The Shangyrak is a wooden crown doming a Kasakh yurt with a central opening over the fireplace. In our project, this sacral element of a Kazakh traditional dwelling is reinterpreted as a cylinder 8 m in height and 156 m in diameter. The giant disc has openings and skylights providing natural light inside the building, into a central atrium space. It covers stepped compositions of rectangular “boxes” each containing a functional element – skating rink, museum, shooting gallery, theater, etc.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Embellished with national ornaments, the “boxes” are placed on each other reminding the viewer of felt suitcases (shabadan) – a feature of nomadic lifestyle and traditional decorations of yurt interiors. The space of the disc accommodates various hobby groups and departments of the youth centre, while the flat green roof of the building is interpreted as a walking and panoramic-view platform, simulating steppe landscape in the centre of a high-rise city.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Palace of Schoolchildren / Studio 44 Architects" 24 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884