AS+GG wins Astana Expo-2017 design competition
By Chris Sleight01 November 2013
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has won the competition to design the Expo-2017 complex in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The facilities have been commissioned for a three-month International Exposition focusing on future energy needs, which will take place in 2017.
Split into two phases, the 174 ha project will feature 118,620 m2 of exhibition and cultural pavilions, a 686,000 m2 residential development, various shopping, socio-cultural, educational and civic facilities, parks and parking.
Phase 1 or the “Expo Mode,” will see the design and construction of the exposition buildings including the central Kazakhstan Pavilion; Theme, Corporate and International Pavilions; as well as hotel, shopping, art and performance spaces. The first phase will also include the design and construction of a series of buildings that will act as a “covered city,” which will include shops, residential and office spaces. Phase 1 will be completed by June 2017 to serve the Expo and its visitors.
Phase 2 or the “Legacy Mode,” will see the Expo buildings converted into an office and research facilities, designed to attract international companies and entrepreneurs.
The defining symbol of the EXPO-2017 site will be the 24,000 m2 sphere-shaped Kazakhstan Pavilion located at the centre of Expo City. The pavilion’s skin is designed to reduce thermal loss and reduce interior solar glare, while other systems, including photovoltaic cells will also be incorporated.
Construction is expected to start in March or April.