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BUILDING
 
 
Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (Pyramid of Peace)
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DESIGNER
 
 
Norman Foster

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DESCRIPTION
 
Foster + Partners Pyramid of Peace AstanaIn September 2003, Kazakhstan - the largest of the former Soviet Republics - hosted the inaugural Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in the capital, Astana. Spurred by the Congress’ success, the President of Kazakhstan decided to make it a triennial event. The Palace of Peace was conceived as a permanent venue for the Congress and a global centre for religious understanding, the renunciation of violence and the promotion of faith and human equality.

Foster + Partners Pyramid of Peace AstanaIn addition to representing the world’s religious faiths, the Palace houses a 1,500-seat opera house, educational facilities, and a national centre for Kazakhstan’s various ethnic and geographical groups. This programmatic diversity is unified within the pure form of a pyramid, 62 metres high with a 62 x 62-metre base. Clad in stone, with glazed inserts that allude to the various internal functions, the pyramid has an apex of stained glass by the artist Brian Clarke. Spatially, it is organised around a soaring central atrium, which is animated by shifting coloured light patterns. A glass lens in the floor of the atrium casts light down into the auditorium and creates a sense of vertical continuity from the lowest level of the building to the very peak. The assembly chamber is raised at the top of the building, supported on four inclined pillars - ‘the hands of peace’. Lifts take delegates to a garden-like reception space from where they ascend to the chamber via a winding ramp.

The Astanian climate posed a significant challenge, with a temperature range from 40°C in summer to -40°C in winter. The construction schedule also had to be extraordinarily rapid, the Palace needing to be complete in time for the second Congress in 2006. Together, these demands led the design team to develop a structural solution that utilises prefabricated components, which could be manufactured off site during the winter months and erected during the summer. Remarkably, the entire process, from briefing to opening was completed in just twenty-one months.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
Kazakhstan [Qazaqstan]
Province
Aqmola
Town
Astana
Address
Tauelsyzdyk ave., 57 (пр. Тэуелciздiк)
 
 
Website
E-mail
piramida.astana@mail.ru
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Congress and conference centre
Buildings for other cultural activities
Education buildings
Universities, colleges
Other education centres
Buildings for recreational activities
Theatres
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2003     project winner of competition
Realisation
2004 - 2006
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Boris Brorman Jensen, "Astana. Steppens Dubai / Astana, the Dubai of the steppes", Arkitekten 15, 2008, p. 42 (36-45)
Maurizio Vogliazzo, "I nuovi Faraoni/Palace of Peace, Astana", L'Arca 220, dicembre/december 2006, pp. 14-23
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CLIENT
 
 
Sembol Construction
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AMOUNT
 
 
KZT 8,740,000,000 ($ 58,000,000)
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Dimensions
m. 62 x 62 x h. 62
Capacity
opera house 1,500 seats
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Buro Happold
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STAFF
 
Project
Foster + Partners
Associate architect
Tabanlioglu Architecture & Consulting (Istanbul)
Consultant
Arce (Istanbul)
GN Engineering & HB Technik (Istanbul)
DS Mimarlik
Studio Dinnebier (Berlin)
Brian Clarke
Karina Fire Consultants (Ankara)
Art intervention
Brian Clarke (stained glass)
Structural consultant
Buro Happold (London)
Mike Cook, Angus Palmer
Theatre consultant
Anne Minors Performance Consultants
Acoustical consultant
Sound Space Design
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Drawings © Foster + Partners
Text edited by Foster + Partners
Courtesy by Foster + Partners

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation Pyramid of Peace Foster + Partners



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