Recognition for Tabanlioglu projects

Melkan Gursel Tabanlioglu from Tabanlioglu, profile picture , During City Scape 2014 Exhibition, Dubai World Trade Centre,  Dubai , United Arab Emirates, September 21,  2014 (Photo by Mosh Lafuente /ITP Images)

Turkish Architectural firm, Tabanlioglu, has won the Architectural Review (AR) Award Big Urban Projects for its train station in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Partners Melkan Gursel and Murat Tabanlioglu were also honoured with another victory on the night, with their Doha Tower being selected as commended under the Mixed Use category at the event held in Cannes, France.

This project will be situated along the Corniche, Doha’s business district and waterfront promenade.

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The construction rises on a circular plan, and looks like a cogwheel with vertical screening slabs.  Articulated with perforations, the concrete portions allow diffused light to fill spaces of the interiors, creating a shady and tranquil environment.

Astana Train Station was built upon a similar philosophy that articulates urban space whilst promoting positive change, as transportation becomes a key investment for this region.

Located on the traditional ceremonial route from the Presidential Palace, the Astana train station has a monolithic roof which forms an integral part of the structure.

The new station will not only be only a picturesque piece of modern architecture, but also a kind of transport and pedestrian bridge between two parts of the city..

Melkan Gursel (pictured) said: “Being honoured by yet another global award body gives Tabanlioglu immense pride and encouragement to continue our work and achieve recognition on an international platform. It is always inspiring to have your work acknowledged amongst the variety of remarkable buildings from around the world.”

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