Engineering Company

Universal Concert Hall - Astana (Kazakhstan)

The hall was designed on a commission of the Presidency of the Republic of Kazakhstan that, through its Building Department, wanted to build a Concert hall and all the areas connected to it in Astana, the capital city, for a total area of 50.000 square metres.
All the works consist of the following functional areas:

  • n° 1 hall with 3500 seats, with orchestra pit and annexed premises
  • n° 1 hall with 400 seats and annexed premises
  • n° 1 hall with 250 seats and annexed premises
  • square, offices, restaurants and café

Opengineering took care of the preliminary, definitive and executive planning both for the Electric installations and the Special systems, as follows in detail:

  • General electric installation
  • Ordinary lighting system
  • Emergency lighting system
  • Fire detection system
  • Sound diffusion system for guided evacuation
  • Anti-intrusion system
  • CCTV system
  • Telephony and Data network
  • Terrestrial and satellite TV system

For the electric systems the following interventions were planned:

  • new transformation MV-LV cabin
  • ordinary lighting system
  • emergency lighting system
  • sockets system and distributed motive power
  • energy supply electric installation of the air conditioning systems

The general electric installation consists of three primary electric systems, called the Normal system, the Preferential system and the Continuity system. The normal system is powered only by the national electric system, the preferential system is powered also by the generator set, while the continuity system is powered also by the UPS. The electric distribution is divided into two levels of Primary and Secondary Distribution. The Primary one is the totality of the elements that make the electric connection among the devices located in the electric central unit and the local electric switch panels possible. The Secondary Distribution level is the remaining part of the system, consisting of the electric circuits that, starting from the secondary electric switch panels, power the final devices.
The lighting system was planned combining the use of the following sources of light:

  • lighting of the space beneath the flight of steps
  • lighting of the stalls
  • additional lighting for the cleaning
  • perimetric wall lighting
  • indirect lighting on the ceiling
  • general lighting of the hall
  • lighting of the speakers’ box
  • lighting steps
  • bright decorative border
  • rows lights

In all the areas, a preferential lighting was planned in order to guarantee a level of lighting of about 1/3 as compared to normal lighting and it functions as an additional safety lighting, in the event of a voltage reduction in the general electric system. It will be usually switched on and it will switch off when the eletric system voltage goes. The signalling and lighting of the exit ways is executed by “dedicated LED” devices, connected to the normal electric system, provided with pictogram and placed above the exit doors and anywhere it is necessary to signal a direction.
In the outside, above the main emergency doors, a number of 150 W halogen spotlights will be installed, the spotlights are connected to the continuity circuits and function even when there is no voltage in the electric system, in order to guarantee a sufficient level of security when people go out.
The entire complex is constantly monitored by means of a complex fire detection system of the analog, addressable type, which was desgned in such a way as to inform in good time the internal security service as soon as a fire starts. The fire signalling can start in two ways, manual and automatic.
The characteristic of the analog, addressable system is that all the elements, belonging either to the manual detection system or to the automatic one, are provided with their own address, so that, after an accurate programming of the central unit, it is possible to rapidly know which element signalled an alarm. The fire detection system consist of about 1500 addresses depending on 2 control and signalling central units. The entire complex was provided with a centralized sound diffusion system to manage the emergencies. The system consists of a control unit, located in a dedicated room and of a number of speakers. In addition to the specific functions concerning the warnings, the system can also send courtesy messages.
The building was provided with an anti-intrusion system and with a closed-circuit TV system for the control and prevention of non-authorized accesses inside the building. The system has the task to mainly guard the accesses that from the outside lead to the inside, and some particular areas such as, for instance, the halls and the foyer. The integrated system will prevent certain events from happening, such as thefts, vandalism, robberies, acts of sabotage and others, which can jeopardize people’s security and cause the loss or damage of tangible and intangible valuable assets.
An integrated network for telephony and data transmission was planned for the entire building, with the aim of connecting the peripheric elements and the concentrators for the exchange of a number of services and information among the different parts which use and manage the activities inside the building.
The building was provided with satellite and terrestrial TV signals reception system which can receive and distribute the signals coming from national and international tv broadcasting stations.


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Universal Concert Hall - Astana (Kazakhstan)


Presidency of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Astana Building Department



Architectural Project

Studio Nicoletti

Structure Project

Mario Salabè - Ingegneri Associati


Preliminary, Definitive, Executive Planning for Electric Installations and Special Systems

System Project

Enetec S.r.l.

Task assigned by

Enetec S.r.l.

Systems Amount

6.837.399,6 €