Aktau is growing its regional presence as infrastructure, logistics, and touristic hub. It is attracting more and more tourists from Kazakhstan and from abroad. Investors are interested in getting involved in a place with such potential. Therefore, the authorities developed a masterplan for a resort district 20 km from the city. It is an area of 130 ha that will accommodate hotels, theme parks, golf fields, and many more. In 2020, the Rixos Water World hotel was opened and immediately gained popularity for internal tourists.
In the same year, INK Architects were engaged to create a masterplan for a 15-ha land lot located at a 20 km distance from Aktau city on a strip of land in-between salt lake Karakol and the Caspian sea. In addition to the masterplan, the design team is to develop an architectural design for two multi-story apartment complexes and 31 villas within the masterplan.
The building blocks are parallel to the sea to open up as many views as possible. Slightly turned blocks are located on the sides, allowing to catch more panoramas and shielding the internal courtyards from winds. Taller buildings are located away from the sea, opening picturesque sceneries to the water. Due to the site location, the residents may enjoy views of Karakol lake. The building mass will have recessing upper floors, creating opportunities for terraces and balconies.
The beach will have a continuous pedestrian promenade that will serve other developments down the coastline. Moreover, bright-finished minimalistic villas will contribute to diversity in stay options and the beach image.
The overall architecture is done in timeless coastal style, responding to the neighboring resorts’ material palette and creating a coherent skyline.