Lake Issyk Kul Kyrgyzstan 2010. Preliminary Study

In collaboration with Maria Arquero de Alarcón.
Architecture: Estudio A0, Quito, Ecuador.

Due to its geographic location at the intersection of Indo-Aryan and various nomadic routes, Lake Issyk Kul has played an important role since the inception of human history.

Two themes provide the keys to the project: the geomorphology and human settlements, recognized in the topographic stratification and the existence of wall ruins in the lake.

The topographic stratification characteristic of the lake is translated in the project into a terraced vegetation system.

The logic of the plantings follows that of the construction. Where there is denser construction, there are more dense plantings. The closer one approaches the water, the lower and less dense the vegetation is, allowing space for a generous sand beach.The landscape of the site is of great ecological and aesthetic value. The plants selected for the project are all able to grow on-site, and have little or no need for irrigation.

A balance between geometrical constructions, an efficient street system,, and the placement of value on the existing wilderness achieves a clearly site-specific landscape.

The ruins from all civilizations are translated into small concrete constructions accompanied by vegetation that sprawls, with apparent lack of logic, and generates small „oasis pockets“; these provide spaces to sit, lay or play. These small constructions, floating platforms laying on the steppe, sand and water. are surrounded by a virgin landscape.

Hotel Convention Center Resort Lake Issyk Kul

Study 2010