The Khan Shatyry entertainment centre in Astana will become a dramatic civic focal point for the capital of Kazakhstan, the soaring structure, at the northern end of the new city axis, rises from a 200m elliptical base to form the highest peak on the skyline of Astana.
The 100,000sqm centre’s unique concept – to provide a sheltered environment embracing an urban-scale internal park, shopping and entertainment venue – was developed in response to the harsh climate of extreme weather in both winter and summer. The building will become a lively public space and an unprecedented amenity for the people of Astana which can be used throughout the year.
Held by a mast, the vast tent-like cable net structure is clad in ETFE, a material that allows light to wash the interior spaces while sheltering them from extreme weather conditions.

Extract from Foster + Partners

Dummiez Book Cover Maker 2006

December 13, 2006

Look what I found… make your own dummy book cover… just click on the link and fill in the blanks…

Extract from VVork

Vessel: Companion Light/Clock

December 13, 2006


This is a portable rechargeable light that provides a discreet ambient glow with the added function of an LCD alarm clock and illuminates automatically when lifted up. Companion works as a hands-free lightsource for night-time outdoor walks or fusebox searches.

What strange thought this designer has…

Extract from nova68