Designed by Editorial, Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center is located in Astana, Kazakhstan. Soaring 150m from an elliptical base, the conical Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center is a new civic, cultural and social venue for the people of Astana. Amenities on offer include retail facilities, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, a water park and flexible entertainment spaces which are designed to accommodate a range of events and exhibitions. As the tallest point on the Astana skyline, the building encloses an area in excess of 100,000 sq m within an Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene dome, specifically designed to regulate the extreme fluctuations of the local environmental conditions.
With temperatures in Astana ranging from -35°C in winter to 35°C in the height of summer, architecture firm Foster Partners had to come up with a way to regulate the internal temperature whilst allowing daylight to enter the inner space. In order to do so, they incorporated a three-layer ETFE envelope, which ticks both boxes. With such a dip in temperature during the winter months, there is a possibility that ice could form on the inside of the envelope.