Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre by Foster + Partners

It wasn’t all that long ago that Norman Foster designed the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Kazakhstan, a striking pyramid dedicated to the renunciation of violence and the unification of the world’s religions. Now, with the recent grand opening of Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre, Foster + Partners have designed two of the most prominent landmarks along Astana’s skyline. What this represents for the nation’s capital as one passes through the city, is a new civic shift from religious mythology towards entertainment and the arts, a powerful assertion that architecture is fast pushing Kazakhstan onto the world stage.