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Old December 11th, 2006, 05:36 AM   #1
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Norman Foster's Giant tent in Astana, Kazakhstan.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6165267.stm

Kazakhstan has unveiled a new architectural project for its capital Astana - a giant transparent tent that will contain an indoor city.

The 150m-high (500ft) dome, designed by UK architect Norman Foster, will be built in just over a year.

The tent is being made from special material that absorbs sunlight to create the effect of summer inside.

Does anyone have anymore information on this?
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Old December 11th, 2006, 06:35 AM   #2
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Foster + Partners:

Han Chadiri Entertainment Centre
Astana, Kazakhstan

The Khan Shatyry entertainment centre in Astana will become a dramatic civic focal point for the capital of Kazakhstan, the soaring structure, at the northern end of the new city axis, rises from a 200m elliptical base to form the highest peak on the skyline of Astana. The 100,000sqm centre’s unique concept - to provide a sheltered environment embracing an urban-scale internal park, shopping and entertainment venue - was developed in response to the harsh climate of extreme weather in both winter and summer. The building will become a lively public space and an unprecedented amenity for the people of Astana which can be used throughout the year.

Held by a mast, the vast tent-like cable net structure is clad in ETFE, a material that allows light to wash the interior spaces while sheltering them from extreme weather conditions. A park steps up the height of the building in undulating terraces providing public space and green oases for the visitors. A tropical water park weaves its way through the landscape and its wave pools, river and waterfall are lit by roof lights that are seamlessly integrated into the design. The highest terrace is a viewing deck which will offer dramatic views over the park.

At the core of the building is a large flexible space that will form the cultural hub of the centre, accommodating a varied programme of events and exhibitions. Complemented by 40,000sqm of retail space with a wide range of cafes, restaurants and cinemas, as well as ample covered car park facilities, the Khan Shatyry will offer leisure facilities for all.


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Old December 11th, 2006, 06:43 AM   #3
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Look very hi tech..
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Old December 11th, 2006, 06:52 AM   #4
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Wow, what an impressive project. It reminds me of that Malaysian funded hangar converted into a tropical island resort south of Berlin, Germany, where the temperature is a nice tropical warm, eventhough it might be freezing cold and snowing on the outside.

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Old December 12th, 2006, 11:49 AM   #5
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I love it!
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Old December 14th, 2006, 05:55 PM   #7
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Old December 14th, 2006, 11:52 PM   #8
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Wow, it looks like a giant greenhouse!
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Old December 15th, 2006, 11:43 PM   #9
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A very impressive structure! Does the direction that the needle is pointing hold any special meanings?
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Old December 17th, 2006, 08:20 PM   #10
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gigantic!!
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Sir Norman is a genius: nothing else to say.
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It looks very nice especially with the lighting at night.
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