Scandinavian In Depth

Scandinavian design is marked by a focus on clean, simple lines, minimalism, and functionality without sacrificing beauty. It first came to prominence in the 1950s, around the same time as modern style took hold in America and Europe. Part of what makes it so aesthetically pleasing is its lack of clutter. You won’t find any superfluous items haunting Scandinavian-style rooms; instead, everything has a place and unnecessary tchotchkes are nowhere to be found. Scandinavians also deeply value nature and spending time outdoors, something that is reflected in this style. Wood floors tend to remain uncovered and lighter wooden tones are frequently found in Scandinavian homes. And, of course, live plants are a popular choice when it comes to really bring the outdoors in. Speaking of nature, Scandinavian winters are no joke, so creating a cozy homestead is of the utmost importance. That’s why you’ll find warm, inviting textures.

Tulip City

Tulip City is a 100.000m2 redevelopment project of the former Astana-2017 World Expo site by the consortium of Fundamental Architects and Omega Render. The original site served as a huge parking lot for the World Expo in 2017, which was attended by over 3.86 million people from 101 participating countries.

As part of the Post-Expo Use Plan grounds, pavilion spaces and parking lots have been converted into commercial spaces for corporate, startups, education and research entities.

The south-eastern lot on the edge of the Expo area and intersection of key city avenues Mangilik El. And Turar Ryskulov has been selected to house a business center, a luxury hotel for 200 rooms and retail.
The consortium of Fundamental Architects and Omega Render has been commissioned to develop a proposal for this vital spot in the new urban fabric of Astana (Nur-Sultan).

Tulip City is designed as an attractive go-to location at the heart of mono-functional, newly-built residential developments. It organically directs the flow of pedestrians from the main avenue’s park towards an internal, hidden courtyard, wherein the comfort of climatized atriums, people can enjoy the winter garden, use co-working and meeting facilities, and do necessary shopping. The curved lines of the podium mimic the organic language of the key Expo building that is located nearby. Internal streets formed by the plinth are filled with trees, wooden terraces, and mirror pools with fountains that create a much-needed getaway oasis in the area.

The business center and a 200-room hotel are located within 5 towers on the top of the plinth. The towers have a curved cantilevering base and gradually-opening facades that mimic the bud of the wild tulip – a well-known flower that originally comes from the ancient territories of southern Kazakhstan.

Tulip City is a culmination of the post-Expo redevelopment and serves as a statement of a new human-centered design approach for the city of Astana (Nur-Sultan).


That time any 3D artist could try his hand and show his boundless imagination by working on the original 3D cube model, which was kindly provided by the Austrian designer and architect Mumin Keser for the competition.