Presidential Library of Kazakhstan

Architects: Foster + Partners

The Presidential Library in Astana is part of a new cultural landscape for the country of Kazakhstan, housing reading and study halls, language learning spaces, roving special collections, and a digital media center—all within a dramatic nine-story armored pod. Lighting is modulated to the library’s distinct architectural geometry, with an interior atrium grazed with light from luminaires at the perimeter. Soft floodlighting enhances the building’s iconic profile, gently complementing the light that emanates from within the entrance area and skylit roof.

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