Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences
Almaty, Kazakhstan, Project 2006
Almaty is a cosmopolitan city of 1.2 million people located at the foot of the Tian Shan Mountains on the southern border of Kazakhstan. The 120-meter-by-200-meter city grid is laid out with a north-south grain and culminates at the government complex at the southern end of the city.
On Furmanova Avenue – a broad, tree-lined north-south boulevard that runs through the city's most prestigious residential neighborhoods and is home to many of the city's elegant shops – four eight and nine story apartment houses, with a total of 155 units, are arranged to either side of three motor courts across two city blocks. Shops line the ground floor of each building along the boulevard. Each building encloses a central court; the upper floors set back to provide terraces for the penthouses and a distinctive profile.
A thirteen-story, 110-room hotel at the north end of the site has its own entrance facing Kunaev Park across Tulebaeva Avenue to the east. The site accommodates parking below grade for residents, hotel guests, and shoppers. Plantings in the motor courts, along the sidewalks, and on the terraces and roof gardens will carry forward the tree-lined character of the surrounding neighborhood.