The Netherlands based Fundamental Architects and Omega Render has designed an iconic high-rise and bridge over Ishim River in Kazakhstan. This Tower of Sun concept building made for the country’s largest developer, BI GROUP. It is comprises of 75.000 sq. meter mixed-use building is located in the heart of Astana. Reaching a height of 121 meters over the river Ishim, the building is set to become a new home for residential, office, hotel and commercial functions as an infrastructural hub.

The building will have residential, office, hotel, and commercial areas. The overall design, which brings to mind the Guangzhou Circle Mansion, is inspired by traditional Kazakh culture

Tower of the Sun Concept

The eye-catching design is defined by a large circular hole at its center and would feature significant sustainable technology, drawing energy from the river it bridges.

Fundamental Architects says that the ideas and symbolism behind is the culture of Kazak. Not only that, it also represent the traditions, which are deeply intertwined in the concept of the project on every level. The designer further says that the starting from the circular opening in the center of the building symbolizing the Sun, Peace and Unity.

According to them, this is a symbol of core importance in Kazakh culture, to the triangular elements in the structure and interiors, which represent a powerful personal mascot that can be usually found in the traditional jewelry and clothing. The Tower of the Sun concept also calls for ambitious sustainable technology and would make use of the river below.

The details revealed as the ground floor will have pedestrian and bicycle bridge joining parks either side of the river. On the other hand, a shopping mall would be situated above and two triangular lobbies on either side of the circular opening’s base. So, it would serve as the main entry points for the residential and mixed-use wings of the tower. The building would be topped by a publicly-accessible terrace.

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