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Ulaanbaatar Village

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia




National Amusement Park


Local Design Institute: e fab

Structure, Mechanical, Sustainability: BuroHappold Engineering

Canopy Design: James Carpenter Design Associates


Site: 17 acres
Buildings: 500,500 GSF
Parking: 370,000 GSF



Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is a paradox: it is at once a dense urban center while also being home to a centuries old nomadic culture in a largely rural nation. Yet, to be a city dweller is also to be a nomad, as in the tradition of the flâneur. At their best, both urban and rural lifestyles center on freedom, on autonomy, on self- determination. Movement is more important than the material. Cities, when designed well, allow the same independence that nature provides: the ability to roam, to explore, to both lose yourself and discover yourself anew.

PAU has been commissioned to design a 500,000-square-foot mixed-use village in the heart of Ulaanbaatar. The proposal suggests a new model for living, working, and partaking in culture, shopping, and entertainment that both reflects and channels the beauty of the Mongolian people by making manifest the nomadic traditions that animate this region. The result is a modern urban center that looks to the city’s future while also speaking to Mongolia’s rich history and beautiful landscape. Through thoughtful design and the use of local materials and construction methods, the Village not only invests in the needs and ways of life of its residents, but also showcases Mongolian culture in a manner that is accessible for both tourists and the local community.

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