• Client:
  • Undisclosed
  • Location:
  • Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Status:
  • Design Development, 2011
  • Size:
  • 31,000sqm
  • Partners:
  • Kann Finch, Arup


Astana sits astride one of the ancient silk roads and is both a critical junction and stop within the European-Asian landmass and its vast rail networks. The concept for Astana’s International Railway Station was a place for special meeting and greeting.

In the low-carbon age, central stations will be the green cathedrals of the future, cathedrals of movement, light and space. They are the critical point of arrival to a city, and represent a place of welcome, greeting and even celebration of society, of space. They reflect technological advancement, and transport/movement at all scales, from international to local.

As one of three critical central places within the city, the station will be a central focus for movement, but also as a hub of activities: social, commerce, trade, work, play, meeting and greeting and an identification point for the city.

The nature of the place and structure should reflect the society that it is built in. A Green Cathedral of the Future.


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Design: Toko / Development: Damien Aistrope