Pyramid, by Foster

In the summer of 2006 the Peace Pyramid in Kazakhstan will be finished. Designed by the British architect Norman Foster and built by a Turkish construction company.

The building’s purpose is to host a triennial meeting of the leaders of the various religions in the country. But obviously the iconic building also has to represent the modernization of a new oil-country. And furthermore the building is a landmark in the newly founded capital of Astana.

According to architectural critic Hugh Pearman of the Sunday Times, the iconography of the pyramid was chosen because it has no negative religious connotations.

However, just as the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, this design seems to refer to the white pyramid of Ceius Cestus in Rome.

The rendering of the section holds in the left corner a comparison of scale between the Peace Pyramid, the pyramid of Giza, and the Louvre pyramid.

Further Reading

Norman Foster - Peace Pyramid, Astana, Kazachstan 1 

Norman Foster - Peace Pyramid, Astana, Kazachstan 2 

Pyramids, Egypt 

Pyramid Ceius Cestius, Rome, Italy 

Norman Foster - Peace Pyramid, Astana, Kazachstan 3


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