Mega Silk Way wins Asia-Pacific Property Award for “Best Retail Architecture - Kazakhstan”

Mega Silk Way in Astana, Kazakhstan, has won a 2019-2020 Asia-Pacific Property Award for “Best Retail Architecture for Kazakhstan”.

The awards cover over 45 different categories, and the winners are automatically entered for the overall Asia-Pacific Property Awards, which takes place in Bangkok on 14-15 May.

Mega Silk Way is a 60,000m² GLA retail and entertainment project which opened to much acclaim in March 2017. Built within the masterplan for EXPO 2017, the centre includes retail, restaurants, Kazakhstan’s first IMAX cinema, a 400-seat ice rink, children’s entertainment areas and an indoor rollercoaster.

Mega Silk Way is the major gateway to the EXPO site, which now functions as Kazakhstan’s World Trade Centre, and has acted as a legacy emblem since EXPO’s conclusion. The development is a beautiful public space which is enjoyed by an estimated two million people per month for its variety of attractions, and it has become a landmark symbol of local and national pride.

The shopping centre represents a transformation in retail development thinking – a friendly, enjoyable shopping space, but also a community hub. Retail is important, and thriving, but the scheme centres on providing a local public space and meeting point.

The striking design feels essentially Kazakh – responding to how locals perceive space and what kind of provisions appeal to them, while using works by local creatives to foster a sense of local ownership of the development. The design is sustainable and responsible, befitting a gateway to, and legacy symbol of, EXPO 2017.

Congratulations to our Moscow studio, to Astana Group and to everyone who worked on this ambitious scheme, which has become an economic catalyst for the city and the country.

Ramchandra Khatiwada (MSc(Arch) RIBA)

Director, Moscow

Ramchandra (Ram) joined Chapman Taylor in 1999. He was appointed as the Director responsible for our Russian business in 2006 and played a key role in opening our Moscow studio in 2007.

A fluent Russian speaker with excellent knowledge of the Russian design and planning system, Ram has worked on large-scale retail and mixed-use schemes in Russia, Kazakhstan, and other CIS countries.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Mixed-use / Transportation

Рамчандра (Рам) стал частью команды Chapman Taylor в 1999 году. В 2006 году он был назначен на должность директора, ответственного за развитие бизнеса на российском рынке. В 2007 году Рам сыграл ключевую роль в открытии офиса компании в Москве.

Рам свободно говорит на русском языке и отлично знаком с особенностями российского проектирования и системы планирования. На протяжении многих лет Рам успешно реализует широкомасштабные проекты торговых объектов и многофункциональных комплексов в России, Казахстане и других странах СНГ.

Область специализации:

Проектирование торговых объектов/многофункциональных комплексов/ транспортных систем

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