Transportation is an important element to any successful and prominent city in order for it to function properly and effectively. With that being said, the constuction of elabrate railway stations and airports have been going up all around the world in order to promote movement into various cities and memorable arrival points to encourage visitors to come again.

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On a larger scale means of transportation is great in a city’s growth, but it can also be a huge part of people’s lives locally. Either way it is necessary for these hubs to create an environment that is comfortable, inviting, and engaging so that all whom use it are left with a good experience.

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LAVA Architects designed this railway station in Astana, Kazakhstan with ideas of utilizing the critical junction and waypoint as a special place for meeting and greeting. Often when we travel and arrive at such stations with only thoughts of leaving and getting to our actual destination as soon as possible. The Astana Railway Station that LAVA proposed seeks to become what they defined as ‘A Green Cathedral of the Future’ and represents a place of welcome, greeting and the celebration of society.

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The sleek undulating form thrives on movement, light and space. The mass effortlessly rises and flows to create a 310,000 square meter railway station to be recognized as one of three critical central places within Astana. Within the structure the terminals are open and well lit thanks to the gridded canopy covering the site. Besides being used as a means of transport, both internationally and locally, the station will also host several activities including social, commerce, trade, work, and play, making it not just a location in which people come and go, but rather visit and enjoy themselves.

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  1. Sergey Alexeev

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    The article proposes to consider the idea of creating a rational coatings for large spans ( including translucent coverings) and is about how we can bring a bit useful Green of variety for monotonous Architecture our towns – to build a large and comfortable public spaces and to expand the comfortable environment for life of people in the big city.
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