Palace Of Schoolchildren By Studio 44 Architects


© Margarita Yawein

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

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© 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 conventional dwelling is reinterpreted as a cylinder 8 m in height and 156 m in diameter. The giant disc has openings and skylights delivering natural light inside the creating, into a central atrium space.

It covers stepped compositions of rectangular “boxes” every single containing a functional element – skating rink, museum, shooting gallery, theater, and so on. Embellished with national ornaments, the “boxes” are placed on each and every other reminding the viewer of felt suitcases (shabadan) – a feature of nomadic life style and conventional decorations of yurt interiors. The space of the disc accommodates numerous hobby groups and departments of the youth centre, even though the flat green roof of the developing is interpreted as a walking and panoramic-view platform, simulating steppe landscape in the centre of a high-rise city.

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

© Margarita Yawein

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Architects Studio 44 Architects
Design and style 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
Useable Region 34 600 sqm
Proposed Region 26 000 sqm
Year 2011
Photography Margarita Yawein
Location Astana, Kazakhstan

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