University of Central Asia Khorog Campus
Site Area: 742,400 sqmBuilding Area: 51,629 sqmTotal Floor Area: 104,448 sqm
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The University of Central Asia was founded by the presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and the Aga Khan, to foster economic and social development throughout the vast mountain zones of Central Asia, and is the world's first internationally chartered institution of higher education.
The project aims to build a modern educational institution for the newly born university, which will be located in three towns; Khorog Tajikistan, Naryn Kyrgyz Republic, Tekeli Kazakhstan. Development of each campus will be by multistage construction, comprised of three phases, with total floor area of approximately 80,000sq.m. each.
Each of the campuses are designed in relations with surrounding environment, and the characteristics are as unique as what they have in common.
Khorog is the capital of the Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan. It is situated at an altitude of 2100 metres in the heart of the Pamir or “Roof of the World” mountains, near Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, and southwest Xinjiang in the People’s Republic of China. The campus site, known locally as Dasht, is a prominently elevated triangular terrace northwest of the town centre.
The terrace is opened from east, south and to the west, where it is surrounded by steep descending cliffs, which becomes extremely windy at times.
The buildings, as well as the landscaping of the site will be composed in a manner which will create in response to this site condition numerous open spaces which could be used for campus activities while protected from the meteorological condition of the site.