The Khan-Shatyr, another bright attraction of Astana modern architecture, is, at the same time, a huge city’s shopping and entertainment center. Furthermore, it is the world’s largest marquee: its height along the spire is 150 meters, and total area is 127,000 sq.m.
Opened in 2010, the Khan-Shatyr is a spire with a special transparent curtain, supported by strained steel lines. Special chemical lining of the curtain protects the marquee space from temperature drop and helps to maintain special microclimate. Owing to these and other technologies, the Khan-Shatyr is inside the top ten of the world’s eco-buildings. The architect of this unique structure is Norman Foster, who is the author of other several architectural miracles of Astana.
Under the marquee dome, there are different shopping and entertainment facilities: brand shops and boutiques, offices, supermarket, companies’ offices, café, restaurants, playgrounds, family parks, cinema theatres and Aqua Park. The aqua park artificial beach is a unique system, which maintains a tropical climate with temperature of 35°C, while its sand is brought from the Maldives. In addition, along the whole length of the marquee one can drive a real big dipper, covering the major part of the Khan Shatyr.