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The following project examples showcase XW's efforts across a wide range of disciplines including architecture, masterplanning / urban design, large-scale city planning & technology

XW - NT DMP - District 1 Aerial
XW - Almaty Masterplan - Aerial - 1
XW - Almaty Masterplan - Street View - 2
XW - Nursultan Grand Mosque Masterplan - Overall Aerial Final
XW - Nursultan Grand Mosque Masterplan - Mid Level Aerial View
XW - Malayta Masterplan - Aerial 2
XW - Almaty Masterplan - Street View - 1
XW - Andijan Masterplan - Aerial 1
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XW - Baobab Mall - C02 (1)
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From mixed-use developments in the Republic of Congo, to new cities for the Republic of Uzbekistan, through to Digital Twins in Mongolia, and software for giga-projects in KSA; Cross Works is a truly cross-disciplinary practice



Known locally as 'Yangi Toshkent', Cross Works was lead consultant for a new capital city for Uzbekistan

The overall visioning, design and cross-disciplinary coordination of a masterplan for a new ‘twin city’ located immediately to the east of the existing capital of Uzbekistan. The proposal has an estimated population of 2 million people on a site of 20,000 hectares; making it one of the largest new city projects in the world.

Following an international competition, Cross Works was selected and developed the masterplan from initial visioning to Concept Masterplan (CMP), and through to Detailed Masterplan (DMP) for District 1.

Cross Works is also responsible and overseeing the development of the urban design, landscape and architectural design guidelines for the city.

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A brand new district for the eastern-most city of Uzbekistan

1000 hectare masterplan on the outskirts of Andijan, the eastern-most city of Uzbekistan. The overall brief was to provide an additional 3.5m sq/m of floor space, to house a population of 142,000 residents, and a supporting transient population of employees and visitors.


The masterplan included supporting commercial, cultural and community uses, all distributed according to a carefully curated neighbourhood plan, each with a 'community centre' at their heart.
The project design process involved the careful consideration of the topography, and designing highways (alongside engineers) that required the least amount of ground movements, whilst preserving the natural landscapes and waterways.


A vibrant new mixed-use neighbourhood within an existing urban context

A downtown regeneration masterplan for a brownfield / ex-industrial site in central Tashkent, Uzbekistan, alongside the Salar Canal. XW proposed a diverse mix of residential typologies supported by commercial, community and cultural uses, amounting to 325,000 sq/m (3.5m sq/ft) of floor space on a 20 hectare site, with an average height of 8 storeys and a gross FAR of 1.625. The resulting population was approximately 10,000 residents (with approximately 9 sqm of useable open / green space per person), as well as a daily transient population.

Different quarters of the masterplan were branded as sub-neighbourhoods in their own right, with a varied architectural approach from one to another based on land-use mix, estimated cost per sqm, and site context / adjacencies.

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Creating a new residential-led neighbourhood in Kazakhstan

Cross Works was commissioned to design a masterplan for a 50 hectare brownfield site in central Almaty (the largest city in Kazakhstan) that was to seamlessly knit in with the existing city and align with the stringent policies and regulations of the local authority. whilst satisfying the ambitious requirements of a brief that asked for 2,000,000 sq/m of mixed-use floor space.

The masterplan was made up of a variety of residential typologies, as well supporting community facilities (social infrastructure), commercial uses, cultural buildings and a stunning landscape strategy which also tied neatly into Almaty’s existing green space network, providing the locals with an abundance of useable open space and carefully designed public realm; all of which currently stands as a less attractive, industrial enclave of the city.


A grand vision around the largest mosque in Central Asia

Nursultan, known between 1998 and 2019 as Astana, is the capital city of Kazakhstan. The city lies on the banks of the Ishim River in the north-central part of Kazakhstan, within the Akmola Region, and is the second-largest city in the country. It became the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997 and since then has grown and developed economically into one of the most modern cities in Central Asia.

The development site is located to the south of the city, at a junction between Nursultan airport and the city, and is approximately 270 hectares in area. A mixed use, residential-led masterplan surrounding the new Nursultan Grand Mosque in Kazakhstan, the largest mosque in Central Asia. 

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A hillside masterplan to re-house 600,000 people, after the 2023 earthquakes

Cross Works was called to the earthquake zone in south-east Turkiye in February 2023, just days after disaster struck the region. The government ministries and GYODER led the way as a client team determined to re-house the millions who had been displaced and left homeless, following the widespread destruction.

More than 20 development sites were allocated, and Cross Works was awarded 3 to develop as Pre-Concept Masterplans, which would later be developed in more detail. Here, we showcase the largest of the 3 sites; a 600 hectare greenfield, hillside site outside the city of Malatya. The main constraint being to design / develop on a highly topographical site with some challenging geological features. The proposed masterplan provided new homes for 600,000 inhabitants, as well as all the supporting commercial, cultural and community facilities.


The 575m landmark tower complex at the commercial centre of the new capital city

Tashkent Twin City Towers (TTCT) in District 1 of our New Tashkent Masterplan, Uzbekistan stands as a symbol of Tashkent’s expansion to the east; and the commercial core of the first phase of the development. The tower would be the 5th tallest building in the world (2024), and would act as a counterpoint with the old cente of the existing city centre, linked together along a key east-west primary road connection. The towers also sit at the end of a district park, that is connected to the citywide canal network, also conceived by Cross Works.

One of the masterplan’s priorities has been a seemless integration of the old city with the new city, leading to the notion of a ‘twin city’; as an expansion of the city to the east of the Chirchiq River, and inspiring the name of this commercial district (abbreviated as TTCT).

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The mixed-use complex centred around the re-introduction of the Baobab tree

Cross Works was commissioned to design the Baobab Complex, Kinshasa, DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) from Pre-Concept through to Schematic Design; all delivered in BIM, and detailed alongside an on-site executive architect with local knowledge and experience, to ensure constructability and viability within the relatively limited supply chain of the DRC.


Rising out of the centre of the capital city, the mixed-use complex consists of 915,000 sq/ft (85,000 sq/m) of retail, offices and residential floor space. Set to be a 'first-of-a-kind' destination for the capital, the objective was to create a safe, secure, shaded and truly mixed use destination, which integrates the stunning landscapes of the country, all whilst using locally sourced materials as much as possible.


Presenting Trehan Iris Broadway Greno West, a mixed-use destination in Greater Noida, India

The project consists of 5 levels of retail & foodcourts, plus 2 levels of leisure and entertainment (incl. banquet halls & cinemas) and a series of open roof-top gardens. Above this podium, we designed a 15 storey office tower and a 7 storey hotel, all centred around a large central atrium. The project has 2 levels of basement parking and access to the Delhi Metro, so that car ownership isn’t a pre-requisite to experiening the scheme.

Cross Works completed full Schematic Design alongside a local executive architect, and has RERA (government) approval.


The project is currently under construction later this year and due for completion in 2025.

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A residential development in the Congolese capital

Cross Works was commissioned to design this residential complex consisting of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units with ground level / undercroft parking (minimum 1 parking space per unit). The target unit numbers were defined by the parking capacity of the ground plane, so efficiency of layout was crucial.

The residents were supported by the communal amenities provided within the building, including a gym, top floor pool, locker facilities, full-time 24 hour security / concierge, post room and maintenance uses. 

The design utilised grey and yellow brick courses, anodised aluminium and gold coloured panels, green pigmented concrete, and green timber panelling, all giving a green & gold finish.

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