Khan-Shatyr Shopping and Entertainment Center is the first and only lifestyle center in Astana, Kazakhstan that features world class shopping and entertainment under the same roof. Designed by the famous British architect Lord Norman Foster, Khan Shatyr is the biggest tent constructed in the world. The 150 m high tent has a 200 m elliptical base covering 125 000 square meters of closed building area.
This new landmark for Astana and Kazakhstan’s unique concept was realized to provide a sheltered environment, embracing variety of shopping and entertainment venues and was developed to responding to the extreme climate conditions in both winter and summer, throughout the year.
The roof is constructed from ETFE-cushions provided by Vector Foiltec suspended on a network of cables strung from a central spire. The transparent material allows sunlight through. Air heating and cooling systems allows maintaining an internal temperature between 15-30°C in the main space and 19-24°C in the retail units, while outside the temperature varies between -35 to +35°C across the year.
“Khan-Shatyr” creates a new way of life featuring luxurious boutiques, famous shopping brands, restaurants and cafes, leisure and entertainment activities such as botanical gardens, cinemas, kids clubs, playgrounds and a swiming pool.
Design companies such as Bureau Happold, Charles Funke & Associates, Claude Engle and ARÇE who are experts on their field of providing engineering and consultancy services, worked on this project.