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January 24, 2011

Esentai Tower Almaty, Kazakhstan SOM | LERA

Esentai Tower is a mixed-use office and hotel facility that is the centerpiece of the Esentai Park Master Plan, and the tallest building in central Asia. The beauty of the snow-capped peaks of the Tien Shan Mountain Range which borders the city of Almaty is a primary source of design inspiration for the building.

An elegant, crystalline building form and the icy transparency of the exterior skin, where a pattern of ceramic frit frosts the surface and reinforces its vertical proportions, establish the tower as a unique landmark on Al-Farabi Avenue.

Project Facts

Completion Year: 2008
Site Area: 16,500 m2
Project Area: 75,000 m2
Building Height: 168 m
Number of Stories: 36

January 24, 2011

LERA Structure Eng

Leslie E. Robertson Associates, R.L.L.P. is a 75-person MBE/WBE consulting engineering firm providing structural engineering design services for architects, developers, contractors and owners. Established in 1923, we have designed numerous landmark projects, both nationally and internationally. Our long tradition of innovative design has brought us to the forefront of the structural engineering profession. As structural engineers, we focus on providing our clients with imaginative and responsible solutions to engineering challenges. Our staff of experts is known for its innovative use of materials and for the development of new structural systems and concepts. Our design philosophy recognizes that our work does not exist in a vacuum…that responsiveness to the architectural systems and needs of the owner/developer, combined with an understanding of fabrication and construction, is essential to the development of constructible and economical designs. LERA’s project experience ranges in scale from small renovations to the design of multi-block urban developments and represents the full spectrum of building types: office, retail, mixed-use, hotel, residential, laboratories, hospital and health science facilities, aviation, educational, institutional, sports and entertainment facilities, cultural facilities, and other specialty structures. Additionally, we offer services such as value engineering, peer review/structural audit, expert witness testimony, and technical research projects.