Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre

Structural Designer

Buro Happold

Client Name

Sembol Insaat

Images: © Nigel Young/Foster + Partners


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 comment:

"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."

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