Astana (Kazakistan). Palace of peace and reconciliation. Foster and Partners. 2006

Norman Foster,


Museums, Cultural Center,

Glass, Steel,

The pyramid built in Astana, the capital city of Kazakistan, fits into a cube measuring 62 metres on each side. It is intended to be a monument to interfaith discussion and dialogue.

Astana (Kazakistan). Palace of peace and reconciliation. Foster and Partners. 2006 In addition to the concert hall, the Peace Pyramid contains a cultural centre about all the ethnic groups living in Kazakistan, a museum, the University of Civilisations, a library and a centre for research in world religions. Here too, the choice of the pyramid shape reveals Norman Foster's preference for pure shapes with strong expressive and symbolic power.
The most important aspects of the pyramid are its imposing size, its static character and the absence of other references. Its mere presence speaks, because, as Foster himself has noted, the unusual thing about it is that it stands in a place where there are no other references. The pyramid is like a gigantic container, made to bring together political, religious and cultural differences.

Laura Della Badia

From the web site: www.fosterandpartners.com

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