University of Central Asia Tekeli Campus
Site Area: 1,969,000 sqmBuilding Area: 54,071 sqmTotal Floor Area: 94,146 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.
Tekeli is located only 35 minutes east of the regional capital, Taldy-Korgan, and is three hours by car from Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty. The town sits at the mouth of the narrow valley along the Kazak steppe in the historic Zhedysu or Seven Rivers region. It borders the Alatau and Dzhungaria mountain ranges, with the Altai Mountains further north.
The University site of Tekeli is located on a gradient contour of a majestic mountainside, which descends gradually to the south, and undulant with numerous small valleys.
The nature of the site creates the atmosphere of a mountaineer village to the Campus. From lower part of the slope towards the higher, the buildings are given the characteristics accordingly, and form layers of various places folded together with the natural landscape.