International competition winning proposal
5 Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Ave., Astana, Kazakhstan
Design: 2008-2010
Project realization: 2011
Client: AO NAK 'Kazatomprom'
General contractor: Bazis A Corporation

Authors of the project:


Architects: Nikita Yavein, Sergey Aksenov, Daria Gordina, Mar'yam Zamelova, Vladimir Zenkevich, Ivan Kozhin, Daria Nasonova, Natalya Poznyanskaya, Nikolay Smolin, Yanina Smolina, George Snezhkin with the participation of Natalya Arkhipova, Igor Britikov, Mariya Vinogradova, Ilya Grigoryev, Nikita Zhukov, Veronika Zhukova, Yevgeniya Kuptsova, Elena Loginova, Kseniya
Schastlivtseva, Anton Yar-Skryabin

Structural engineer: Vladimir Gerstein

Project development & construction (with TOO "BAZIS – PROEKT LTD" (ALMATY):
Architects: Nikolay Smolin, Yanina Smolina, Darya Nasonova, Darya Gordina, Natalya Poznyanskaya, Ygor Britikov, Mariam Zamelova
Interior architects: Ivan Kozhin, Maria Vinogradova, Evgenue Novosadyuk

The Shangyrak is a wooden crown doming a Kasakh yurt with a central opening over the fireplace. In our project, this sacral element of a Kazakh traditional dwelling is reinterpreted as a cylinder 8 m in height and 156 m in diameter. The giant disc has openings and skylights providing natural light inside the building, into a central atrium space. It covers stepped compositions of rectangular "boxes" each containing a functional element – skating rink, museum, shooting gallery, theater, etc. Embellished with national ornaments, the "boxes" are placed on each other reminding the viewer of felt suitcases (shabadan) – a feature of nomadic lifestyle and traditional decorations of yurt interiors. The space of the disc accommodates various hobby groups and departments of the youth centre, while the flat green roof of the building is interpreted as a walking and panoramic-view platform, simulating steppe landscape in the centre of a high-rise city.

The design of the Palace has double coding – it provides allusions for both Suprematist composition and also for local traditions of dwelling construction that is accentuated in the slogan for the project "Khan Shangyrak. Shelter for the youth".

Footprint – 17 200 sq. m
GFA – 40 500 sq. m
Useable area – 34 600 sq. m
Proposed area – 26 000 sq. m
Structural volume – 205 000 cub. m
Number of floors – 4
Proposed youth centre capacity (two shifts two times/week) – 10 000 people
Open car parks for 250 cars – 7 000 sq. m