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The Khan Shatyr: World's Largest Tent Opens in Kazakhstan

by , 07/07/10

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The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, was on hand at the opening ceremonies, which coincided with the president’s 70th birthday and Astana Day. Fireworks and the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli celebrated the new entertainment center, which will serve as a new venue for the people of Astana to enjoy. Inside the 150 meter-tall tent are a wide variety of entertainment and leisure facilities, including retail, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and flexible spaces that can accommodate a wide variety of activities. Will Webster, a freelance photographer seen over at BLDGBLOG, also shot some amazing pictures of the tent right before its opening.

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Photo credits: ©Foster + Partners and ©Will Webster

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  1. seamusdubh July 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I’m curious if something like this could be used for a portable if not permanent Solar Updraft Tower installation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_updraft_tower

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