Hotel "Kazakhstan" is a unique historic monument of Almaty and a sample of monumental, solid and reliable Soviet architecture . Hotel "Kazakhstan" is one of the few hotels in the world which has become an integral part of the city.
The first skyscraper in the quake prone Almaty was being built almost for three years to be completed in 1977 . Despite impressive size of 102 –meter the golden crowned building looks light and graceful. From 1977 to 2008, the hotel was the highest building in Almaty. To ensure the sustainability of the building in 9 -point seismic zone when constructing they applied then the most modern Japanese sliding formwork technology.
Shortly before the completion of the construction the building was thoroughly tested for the quake resistance. A special equipment installed on the top of the building vibrated to simulate an earthquake and the special sensors fixed on the floors recorded the tremors . The building repeatedly proved to be seismic resistant. By a mysterious coincidence a banquet to mark the commissioning of the Hotel which was attended by architects, builders was held on the New Year's eve on the top floor and the same night there was an earthquake in the city, which was very strongly felt on the upper floors, but the building withstood and did not suffer.
Without belittling the merits of the new buildings , Almaty architects with no doubt admit hotel "Kazakhstan" is the most earthquake-proof high-rise building of the southern capital . The architectural individuality of the hotel combines the achievements of modern civilization with the traditional hospitality of the Kazakh people.