Khan Shatyry Entertainment Center, Astana, Kazakhstan 

The Khan-Shatyr, another bright attraction of Astana modern architecture, is, at the same time, a huge city’s shopping and entertainment center. Furthermore, it is the world’s largest marquee: its height along the spire is 150 meters, and total area is 127,000 sq.m.

Opened in 2010, the Khan-Shatyr is a spire with a special transparent curtain, supported by strained steel lines. Special chemical lining of the curtain protects the marquee space from temperature drop and helps to maintain special microclimate. Owing to these and other technologies, the Khan-Shatyr is inside the top ten of the world’s eco-buildings. The architect of this unique structure is Norman Foster, who is the author of other several architectural miracles of Astana.

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