Gallery: NORMAN FOSTER’s Entertainment Center in Kazakhstan


Why stop at one stunning structure in Astana, Kazakhstan, when you can have two on your resume?! Sir Norman Foster is set to construct the new Khan Shatyry Entertainment Centre in Kazakhstan’s capital city after the completion of his geometric and eye-catching Palace of Peace and Reconciliation proved to be such a success in its form AND function. The new structure will sit at the northern end of the new city axis and stand as the highest peak on the skyline at a majestic 200 meters tall. The entertainment centre will house 100,000 square feet of public park, retail, and entertainment space. Foster has a track record of thoughtful, sustainable building, and Khan Shatyry is no exception, providing both aesthetic focal point and environmentally-sensitive spatial solution.

Developed as a response to harsh weather conditions in both winter and summer, Khan Shatyry is held up by a central mast and clad in ETFE, which allows for a wash of light for interior spaces while sheltering inhabitants from the heat or cold. ETFE is, coincidentally, the material-du-jour we’ve seen being used in everything from PTW’s Beijing Bubble Building to Herzog and DeMeuron’s Olympic Stadium.

The centre will also include an interior park, undulating terraces, a river, wave pool, and waterfall, all lit by a high-tech roof lighting system seamlessly integrated into the structure. Other public spaces include cafes, restaurants, and movie theatres. The pinnacle of the building, literally and metaphorically, will no doubt be its viewing deck terrace, offering dramatic views of the park and city.

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  1. kasoro2010 September 2, 2011 at 5:16 am


  2. iDar from KZ May 10, 2010 at 2:38 am

    To Hanna: I hope it’s gonna be useful for u! enjoy!

  3. Hanna January 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Hi!! I am wondering if there are some floor plans and sections of the building cuz i’m working on an entertainmnet center myself for my Grad. project and i would like to find some existing examples for my Report.
    Thanks .

  4. Hanna January 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Hi!! i was hoping to see some floor plans of the building( ground floor,sections….),cuz im working on designing an entertainmnet center myself as my Grad. project. And it will be helpfull to find some existing examples too.

  5. Ratty February 29, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Maybe I’m missing something here, but what exactly is ‘green’ about this building? In addition, what about the building footprint and sensitivity to the land around it? The images are obviously focused on the building and I’m hoping that this is why there is no landscape around it. In the images, it looks like the land will be sheared off. To me, things “environmental” should celebrate the environment (i.e. the natural world), not replace it.

  6. Rina February 17, 2008 at 4:12 am

    Borat f**k off!!!
    Kazakhstan Best of the Best!!!

  7. Inna January 15, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    The structure is soooo beautiful.
    To Marko – this place is not for living, it is an entertainment center. There would be some residential buildings with the passes straight to the Khanshatyr. It is similar to underground concourses in many northern cities of the US and Canada, I managed to get lost in one of them :) The Astana is the second coldest capital in the world with harsh winds, half-a-year long winter with lots of snow, people are freezing to death in that area. I think it is a wise idea to build there such a place even though it would be waaaaay too expensive.
    I thinks that we are going to live in the “green houses” if we are planning to save our planet. But in this case it means completely different structure. The main difference from what we live in now is that “green” buildings are built with non-toxic materials and use the power of winds, sun rays, etc. for heating and producing electricity.
    As for the politics… I’m originally from Kazakhstan. It was not too bad there. Though Mr. Nazarbaev has a lot of power (do not forget, it is an asian country) and his family members act pretty eccentrically. “What is allowed to Jupiter is not permitted to an ox” works everywhere…

  8. Marko Djuricic December 28, 2007 at 7:13 am

    It sure is stunning!
    But something tells me that the world governments are slowly preparing us to start living in “green houses”, the whole cities covered in glass, as if they are saying “Well look, despite some groundbreaking technology that has focused on reducing emissions, it’s way too expensive to invest in, so we better put everyone inside the ‘safe bubbles’, where we can monitor them and give them a ‘Disney World’ experience on a daily basis.”
    Foster’s a brilliant architect, but I’d rather live in my own house, outside the ‘safe bubble’, feeling the fresh mountain air, instead of an air conditioned one.

  9. Bob Holness December 28, 2007 at 3:13 am

    Oh look, it’s the Barbican Centre.

  10. Dalel September 8, 2007 at 3:50 am

    The Idea is awesome! Looking forward to see this building in reality!

  11. shabazz August 21, 2007 at 6:10 am


  12. Nomad April 2, 2007 at 1:30 am

    An Ancient History of the Turkic People and the Great Steppe –
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  13. ajan March 31, 2007 at 9:08 am

    VERY NICE!!! thank you

  14. George March 28, 2007 at 11:10 am

    I think you should leave politics out of it and celebrate a stunning design that brings a whole new meaning to green mixed used development. Who wouldn’t enjoy going to such an Entertainment Center that includes parks, water features, retail, and open-air inspiration? Certainly this is an opportunity to be at least half-full, not half-empty/whiny.

  15. kevin pratt March 28, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Interestingly enough, this design is very similar to a design for a building at Hooke Park in Dorset by ABK done in the early eighties on collaboration with Frei Otto. Only difference being scale and materials – the ABK design was wood and glass.

  16. Rob March 27, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    to Sven:

    Sven, you should read more befor you say something stupid. it’s was Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan who has been golden statues of himself, not Nazarbayev.

    Have you been in Kazakhstan?

  17. jamaicabluemountaincoff... March 27, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    Simply stunning!

  18. sven March 27, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    The irony is that Nursultan Nazarbayev, man in charge of Kazakhstan is a pure tyrant who build golden statues of himself.

    Norman Foster’s building is just another landmark for Nazarbayev’s “great victories”. What’s your opinion about Albert Speer?

  19. Richie March 27, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    I think this is a very clever design, as it brings a Russian plains / Mongolian architectural staple, ‘the Yurt’, future forward. Does rainwater rinse ETFE clean and clear again ? What is te protocol for changing the lightbulbs at the tip of the arial mast ? Does ETFE have PVC, or any other problematic ‘chloride’ in it ?

    P.S. I think the ‘Palace of Peace and Reconciliation’ is a great design… and a spectacular name. Maybe it’s time for the United Nations headquarters in New York City to add a structure so entitled ? I do wonder about cleaning the glass exterior however. What’s the plan there ? A Modern glass & steel pyramid is cool…

  20. oliver March 27, 2007 at 10:43 am

    undulating gardens? I want to know more.

  21. Ryan March 27, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Ban me from Inhabitat for life if you want, but I happen to think this entertainment center is…

    VERY NICE!!!

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