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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Khan Shatyry Entertainment Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan by Foster + Partners

 
May 10th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

The Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center was officially opened last night in the presence of President Nazarbayev and heads of state in a grand ceremony, with a performance by the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, timed to coincide with the President’s birthday and Astana Day. The Center represents a major new civic, cultural and social venue for the people of Astana, bringing together a wide range of activities within a sheltered climatic envelope that provides a comfortable environment all year round.

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  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Name of Project: The Khan Shatyry Entertainment Centre
  • Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Client: Sembol Construction
  • Collaborating Architect: Tusavul Architecture
  • Image Credit: Nigel Young_Foster + Partners
  • Drawings credit: William McElhinney  – Foster + Partners

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  • Structural & Service Engineers: Buro Happold
  • Local Structural Engineers: OZUN PROJE Ltd + Arce
  • Local Services Engineers: Mechanical -Vemeks Engineering Ltd, Electrical – HB Teknik
  • Lighting Consultant: Claude Engle
  • Retail Consultant: ALKAS Consulting
  • Fire Consultant: Istanbul Technical University
  • Steelwork: SAMKO Engineering Contracting Co. Inc.
  • Cables: Montage Services
  • ETFE: Vector-Foiltec

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The tent-like, cable-net structure is located at the northern end of the new city axis and soars 150 metres from an elliptical base to form the highest peak on the Astana skyline. The building encloses an area in excess of 100,000 square metres within an ETFE dome, with dramatic views over the city and the Steppes beyond. Contained within it is an urban-scaled park, along with a wide variety of entertainment and leisure facilities, including retail, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and flexible spaces that can accommodate a varied programme of events and exhibitions. The different levels form undulating terraces, the uppermost terrace forming a water park.

Crowd in The Khan Shatyry Entertainment Centre

Temperatures in Astana can drop to -35 degrees Celsius in winter and climb as high as +35 degrees in summer. The three-layer ETFE envelope is designed to shelter the enclosed accommodation from weather extremes and to allow daylight to wash the interiors. In winter, a key challenge is to prevent the formation of ice on the inside of the envelope. This is achieved by a combination of temperature control and directing warm air currents up the inner surface of the fabric, a strategy that also prevents downdraughts. In summer, fritting on the outermost foil layer provides solar shading. Inside, low-level jets direct cool air across the space, while opening vents at the apex induce stack-effect ventilation.

Water

Nigel Dancey, a Design Director at Foster + Partners, said:
“Khan Shatyr will be an important new destination for the people of Astana to enjoy at all times of the year, whatever the weather. We are delighted to celebrate its official opening today. With the Palace of Peace and Khan Shatyr, we are proud to have designed the two landmark structures for such prominent points along the city’s main axis – their forms express the change of emphasis and function, from religion to entertainment, as you pass along this grand new boulevard.”

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