Winner 2011

Award for
Commercial or Retail Structures

Project Description

Rising majestically from the Kazakhstan steppe, the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre is a vast, soaring surface of ETFE- captured air enclosing a temperate oasis for the people of Astana. The entertainment centre provides a much needed place to meet, socialise and shop in Kazakhstan’s new showpiece capital, despite the harsh external climate where temperatures range from -40°C to + 40°C. The asymmetric cone shaped cable net roof covers an area of 12,800m² supported only by a central steel tripod. The erection of the 150m high tripod was achieved in a dramatic single lift.

Judge’s comments

"This iconic structure has not only created a fitting landmark in Kazakhastan’s new capital, but was completed to a tight programme in a very harsh climate, and fulfils its function with great efficiency."

Project overview

Structural Designer

  • Buro Happold

Client Name

  • Sembol Insaat

Year Submitted

  • 2011

Submitted By

  • Buro Happold