Astana Energy Hall
Astana Energy Hall is a 6,500 sm, 1,000 seat multi-functional Proscenium Theater that acted as the main performance space for EXPO-2017, the site of last year's International Exposition. Energy Hall is set to significantly contribute to the cultural experience of Astana when the site's legacy district opens.
The theater includes a working stage with wings, technical galleries, and a rear stage, which is serviced from a sub-level loading dock for deliveries in smaller trucks. Deliveries in large trucks are serviced from a stage-level loading area at the Back of House. The theater uses a fixed-seating system for a range of performance types including musical performances, physical performances, and film exhibitions. The building program includes public areas, an auditorium, a main stage, technical areas, and performance support spaces.
A public area, which frames and encloses the auditorium, the stage, and the technical areas was created between the glass envelope and the theatrical active volume skin of the building. This area becomes an active space that can be used even when the theater is not open. The skin of the theatrical space is designed as an active, programmable, and animated membrane that can remain active and animate the “theater” though the day, night, and when performances are not in session.
Energy Hall is be a highly-sustainable building. The façade has high-performance, triple-glazed glass that is house certified. Other energy reduction strategies include hyper-insulated radiant floors; a hyper-insulated roof cavity; reclaimed water for toilet flashing; and responsive lighting controls to maximize daylighting.