Kazakhstan’s capital officially moved from Almaty to Akmola on December 10th, 1997

Kazakhstan’s capital officially moved from Almaty to Akmola on December 10th, 1997

Kazakhstan’s capital officially moved from Almaty to Akmola on December 10th, 1997. 20 years ago, the country’s new capital had to meet requirements, such as proximity to Kazakhstan’s major economic centers, beneficial geographical location, good demographic potential and natural environment.  

ZHANDARBEK MALIBEKOV, ARCHITECT:

 - There are certain worldwide trends in modern urban construction. Building a city on flat land with cold weather and harsh continental climate is a novelty, because harmony and architectural metabolism should be preserved in architecture. Architectural structures should be built in line with the nature. We need to establish connection with the nature.

Synergy between the city and the nature was the main idea during Astana’s construction. Several buildings are still being constructed in Astana every year. The urban administration plans to upgrade the right bank of the city.

ARSENIY PIROZHKOV, PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT, ‘ASTANA MASTER PLAN’ RESEARCH INSTITUTE:

 - There will be a continuation of Nurzhol Boulevard and it will be expanded behind Khan Shatyr. Large buildings will also be built there. Millennium Avenue will be constructed not far from the new Nurly Zhol Railway station. We are currently working with investors.

Astana turned into the leading city in Kazakhstan. The young capital is the center of innovative development in the new millennium.