OCRA, bicuadro and 3+1 envision national pantheon for kazakhstan
OCRA, bicuadro and 3+1 envision national pantheon for kazakhstan
jul 15, 2014

OCRA, bicuadro and 3+1 envision national pantheon for kazakhstan

OCRA, bicuadro and 3+1 envision national pantheon for kazakhstan
all images courtesy of OCRA studio




‘the kazakhstan national pantheon’ by OCRA studio, in collaboration with bicuadro architects and studio 3+1, will be built within a large natural environment surrounding by undeveloped land 17 km south of astana. the design originates directly from an analyzation of its context. a series of walkways, paths, and strips connect the building to the landscape where it is located, metaphorically representing a patriotic attachment to the country. the pantheon, measuring 55 meters high and 70 meters wide, is the core of the project.

ocra national pantheon kazakhstan
view of the monument with planes flying above




the monument is strongly influenced by the pantheon of rome, the ancient temple of all the roman emperors. it was here, where ascensions were performed, ceremonies in which rulers, after death, were to be taken by the eagles and driven up into the sky to become gods. for this reason, the form required an oculus to be cut out at the top of the sphere. in correspondence, the structure shares similar characteristics. the combination of shapes configures a grand space where the center provides a strong focal point that is intended to serve as the burial plot of kazakhstan’s most prominent heroes.

ocra national pantheon kazakhstan
external view from a walkway




with respect to the various religions practiced throughout the country, the construct hopes to become a meeting point for all beliefs. the final result is a dynamic complex that appears as a ‘galaxy’ when viewed from above with a surging energy of people flowing towards it. the circulation defines the programmatic dispersal of denominations. for example, catholics will come from west, which references rome, the spiritual center of the catholicism, christian orthodoxes will come from the northwest direction of moscow, jewish congregations will arrive from the southwest where jerusalem resides, muslims will travel from mecca, and buddhists will arrive from tibet in the southeast.

ocra national pantheon kazakhstan
the different haloes all capture light in unique ways




each group will have its own hall for ceremonies and a double indoor-outdoor walkway. the indoor walkway invites visitors to freely pass through the upper level that lead to the pantheon or visit the basement level where the heroes are buried in the deep of a massive stone wall. the north wing is the main entrance from which all the other wings radially extend to eventually join in the pantheon. inside the main sanctuary, a marble and gold disk is suspended on top of the crypta.

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internal view of the golden disk




the wide and symmetrical dome is made of a large collection of haloes that intersect each other. several haloes are helicoidal ramps that allow a wide number of people to assist ceremonies by watching from above, where they have a panoramic view of both the interior space and outside landscape. from here, it is possible to observe the whole monument with light passing through the loops to enter the dome from all sides. the complex is completed by an administrative wing on the south side with offices and a restaurant court. pedestrian corridors lead to the outdoor parking area and the kabanbai batyr mausoleum.

ocra national pantheon kazakhstan
each garden in the surrounding landscape represents a specific religious block




stone, marble and gold-bronze will decorate the walls and flooring while insulating glass would be in several exterior partitions. within the surrounding landscape, thematic gardens relate to the different religious blocks. these characteristics assist the concept that the national building will be seen from any plane flying in the sky as it is situated along one of the main routes of traffic for airlines coming from south.

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the pantheon at night

ocra national pantheon kazakhstan
elevation and section

ocra national pantheon kazakhstan
site plan

ocra national pantheon kazakhstan
floor plan

ocra national pantheon kazakhstan

ocra national pantheon kazakhstan
model detail



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  • Beautiful building. The golden disk is striking. Reminds me of the bronze version in downtown Charlotte, NC, II Grande Disco by sculptor Arnaldo Parmadoro, which is an a spindle that allows he public to rotate the piece – http://charlottelawlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/ii-grande-disco.jpg.

    Richard Groot says:
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    jmart says:
  • Thanks richard

    the disk IS a pomodor’s sculpture, we want to show that the designed space is able to accommodate a large sculpture

    OCRA says:

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