Chapman Taylor have designed a new retail and leisure scheme in Astana, Kazakhstan that will contain the country’s most extensive range of shopping and entertainment facilities. Part of the EXPO 2017 site designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the centre will include restaurants, a food court and cinemas including an IMAX screen. There will also be an ice rink around a lake, children’s entertainment areas and an indoor rollercoaster and dolphinarium. A full scale ferris wheel will also stand outside the building.
The zoning plan is intended to be a straightforward and dynamic arrangement, with two ‘curved’ racetrack malls to the west side and centre of the project for retail. A dramatic single atrium forming the core of the entertainment leisure elements will face the EXPO to the east of the site. The building acts as a ‘galleria’ and ‘link’ between the University and the EXPO, and in addition has a strong functioning shopping layout.
It is hoped that the building will act as an important route for EXPO visitors, and be a symbol of the EXPO after it is closed, as well as becoming the city’s major family attraction.
Covering an area of 138.000m2 the scheme will contain 210 shops and 24 restaurants and is due to complete in September 2016.