MORE ABOUT: Central Concert Hall – Astana, Kazakhstan
ул. Достык (Street)
51°07′22″N 71°26′30″E (Coordinates)
Architect: Studio Nicoletti Associati (Manfredi Nicoletti and Luca F. Nicoletti)
Structural Engineers: Ingegneri Associati, Rome IT
Acoustics: Xu-Acoustique, Paris FR
Construction company: The Mabetex Group- Krüger Hoch & Tiefbau GMBH
Construction: 2003-December 2009
Floor area: 55,000 m²
The Central Concert Hall was constructed in the middle of the business district of Astana. It is located nearby the presidential palace and a body of water.
This concert hall can seat up to 3500 people in one place, that is the reason why this auditorium is one of the largest in the world. This building actually has two wraps. The inner wrap is the large auditorium that is completely covered with wood and seats 3500 people. The external wrap makes room for a big protected square that contains overlooks, restaurants, shops, and two halls of 200 and 400 seats.
Astana is known for having a harsh climate and salty winds that can cause buildings to erode. That is the reason why the slanted surfaces of the outdoor sails are clad with glass panels, in order to resist the eroding effect.
The Kazakhstan Auditorium interior space is also reflecting its suspended wood paneled ceiling. The ceiling follows a whirling motion to the top that helps regulate the acoustics.
Case study by: Juana Garcia
ARE 320K, Fall 2010
Other sources (UT Library):
ARCA; Feb-Mar 2006, pg 28.
RIBA Journal; Volume 113, Issue 10, pg: 36