As an “all-through school,” Haileybury Almaty provides a British education and Western curriculum in Kazakhstan’s largest city. The team was challenged to design a school that would celebrate a progressive, vividly inspiring and open-minded educational environment rooted in the bedrock of Kazakhstan’s multicultural richness.
The award-winning design responds to several major challenges, including a site in the foothills of the highly seismically active Tien Shan mountains, a wide climatic range, and a 2,425-mile supply chain across Turkey, the Caspian Sea and Kazakh desert.
The flexible school design includes four formal teaching blocks, joined by three atria that create informal, self-directed learning spaces. These blocks are on a simple grid, with demountable partitions easily reconfigured to adapt to curriculum changes. The design team and HOK’s client, Capital Partners, collaborated with the Kazakh Education and Science Ministry and with educators from several local schools on the curriculum, space program and building design.
The school opened just 18 months after HOK began working on the design.
134,550 sq. ft. / 12,500 sq. m.
Best International School Award – British Council for School Environments
Revit User of the Year Winner – Autodesk UK
Length, in months, of the design and construction process