Complexes including high schools, primary schools and kindergartens
The Educational Complex in Nur-Sultan by ATRIUM is a comfortable setting for children and teachers, the purpose of which is not only educational, but also inspirational. The projected buildings of the educational school and kindergarten create a unique environment for education and upbringing through the development of moral and spiritual values, based on the synthesis of Kazakh and world culture and art.
The use of natural materials emphasizes the ecological orientation of the formed environment, and individual solutions make it possible to render the designed objects unique. The project is based on a combination of the relief of the site, the wishes of the client, technical specifications, and the surrounding buildings. The school and preschool educational institution building was designed as a single compound, volume clad with metal perforated panels as a reinterpretation of local patterns. The building takes a spiral form based on parallelepipeds. The southeast block houses the school's sports functions, and the west block houses the first floor of the preschool educational institution. The elementary school occupies part of the first two floors, and the rest is is dedicated to the high school.
The central core serves as the main "square" of the building. This space serves as a lobby and a forum, as well as a place for recreational activities, and the area allows for the placement of stands for organized exhibitions of student creativity. The prototype of form embraced by the complex is that of Vastu Symbols, a spiral with outgoing rays forming a swastika, with a spacious, protected courtyard at the centre of the building. The building sits in the southwestern part of the site, creating a barrier to prevailing winds in the city of Nur-Sultan.
ATRIUM is a global architectural studio that believes that aesthetic merits can formulate a new quality of life. For every challenge, the firm find a perfect corresponding form and defines its meaning. ATRIUM contributes to world culture through its remarkable projects of diverse typologies. For more than 25 years, the studio, founded by Anton Nadtochiy and Vera Butko, has earned a reputation for solving the architectural challenges of different typologies and scales: from interiors and landscapes, to skyscrapers and large urban development projects, and even metaverse projects. Constantly experimenting with new media, materials, and technologies, the studio has developed systematic work in four areas: Architecture, Design, Education, and Digital. Architecture covers the entire spectrum of architectural services, including the development of urban planning and landscape projects, from conception to construction documentation, in its role as general designer. Design is an area at the intersection of product and interior design and modern technology, its aim being to develop unique objects and details, bringing art into living spaces. For more than twenty years, the studio has been developing projects of advanced educational spaces, improving the quality of the educational environment as its social mission. In collaboration with leading experts in the industry, the studio's focus on Education includes research, consulting and shared experiences.