May 5, 2011

World’s Biggest Tent: Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center

Khan_Shatyr_Entertainment_Center_00 This is Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center ("Royal Marquee") located in Astana. It is the biggest futuristic like transparent tent on our planet that became a sensation in the architecture world since the capital of Kazakhstan has a difficult environment to build  such a brave project. The architectural project was unveiled by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on 9 December 2006.

The 150m-high (500 ft) tent has a 200m elliptical base covering 140,000 square meters. Underneath the tent, an area larger than 10 football stadiums, will be an urban-scale internal park, shopping and entertainment venue with squares and cobbled streets, a boating river, shopping centre, minigolf and indoor beach  resort. The roof is constructed from ETFE suspended on a network of cables strung from a central spire. The transparent material allows sunlight through which, in conjunction with air  heating and cooling systems is designed to maintain 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.

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