fdcreative were approached by architecture and design firm Perkins + Will to be part of a professional international team to design a scheme for the headquarters of Astana Properties, in Astana, Kazakhstan. The 12,500 sq m commercial workplace has a mixed-use purpose, consisting of office space, retail space and residential space.
The brief was to design the lighting for the main reception area of the office, as well as the lift lobbies and the two top floors which consisted of client facing Executive floors and the Chief Executive’s suites. Working closely with Perkins & Will, the finshed design reflected a super luxe and superior quality to the designated areas as well as a subtle yet sophisticated touch for the Executive floors. The lighting needed to be flexible and energy efficient meeting all local standards and requirements including LEED. fdcreative’s approach to the lighting was to create a vibrant welcoming space as people entered the building that reflected the Astana high quality values.
To fulfil the design aesthetics fdcreative developed a bespoke LED back lit glass ceiling. Dual white LED controls allows the ceiling to change between cool white and warm white changing the mood of the entrance hall when required. Within the ceiling fdcreative also included integral directional high output LED downlights providing accent lighting to the space.
The lighting leading from the main reception area to the lift lobbies was deliberately changed to a slightly warmer tone, and the lighting integrated into the feature ceiling was designed to keep in line with the clean architectural lines Perkins + Will wanted to achieve.
Bespoke glass light boxes were created for the lift lobbies to provide a link and common language as you enter the building and move between the floors. Lighting to the client facing floors and the CEO floors had to provide a modern sophisticated look in keeping with the finishes proposed by Perkins + Will. Accent lighting was provided to all seating areas focusing on the furniture elements while linear cove lighting and down lights were used within the corridor areas. The ceilings were also edge lit with LED lighting to give a flexible solution for each room. All lighting was fully dimmable and controlled via the building lighting control system.
Talan Towers is the first high-end mixed-use development in Astana to create a new level of lifestyle and luxury experience in the capital. The building project was created by architects of American company SOM. The project is located in the heart of the new capital at the junction of Dostyk and Turkestan Streets.
The development has won the Asia Pacific Property award for best mixed-use development in Kazakhstan 2017-18, Asia Pacific Property award for best mixed-use Architecture in Kazakhstan 2017-18, EE Real Estate winner mixed use project of the year 2017.