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Astana Expo City 2017

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Astana Expo City 2017

Split into two phases, the 174 ha project will feature exhibition and cultural pavilions (118,620 sm); a residential development (686,000 sm); service areas including shopping, socio-cultural, educational and civic facilities; parks (72,000 sm); and parking.

The theme for the upcoming Expo in Astana is “Future Energy.” The theme is aimed at finding ways to achieve qualitative changes in the energy sector, primarily for the development of alternative sources of energy and new ways of transportation. Finding sustainable energy supplies is a critical and growing global concern. The solution to these concerns ensures economic growth and improved social standards while reducing the burden on the environment.

AS+GG’s design for EXPO-2017 will embrace the Future Energy concept by becoming the first post Industrial Revolution city, where energy consumed by the Expo community will be provided from renewable sources. Buildings will become generators of power and their energy will be stored using innovative technologies while being distributed by a smart grid. The Expo community will provide infrastructure to encourage and support the use of vehicles that use renewable fuels.

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, retail, 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 retail, residential and office spaces. Phase 1 will be completed by June 2017 to serve the Expo and its visitors.

Each of the Expo buildings was designed to take advantage of their site location. For example, everything in the residential development, from the street grid rotation, the block size and the distribution of building mass was developed through a series of studies to reduce energy use, improve comfort levels (indoors and outdoors) and increase energy harvesting for each unit.

The urban design for Expo City was determined by site specific indicators such as weather conditions, cultural context and land accessibility. AS+GG executed a series of studies with the goal of minimizing the site’s energy-use, while maximizing its energy harvesting potential and comfort levels. The resulting analysis offers the most efficient orientation in order to optimize solar radiation to reduce energy usage for heating. Not only does this strategy improve user comfort but it also maximizes the potential energy that can be generated from building mounted photovolatics.

Phase 2 or the “Legacy Mode,” will finalize the first Third industrial Revolution community. The Expo buildings will be converted into an office and research park, attracting international companies and entrepreneurs. Expo parking and service zones will be transformed into thriving and first class integrated neighborhoods including an additional 700 residential units, as well as office, hotels, local markets, and civic and educational facilities.

When completed, the legacy development will be one of the most sustainably built in the world. The design calls for 100% of the Post-Expo non-potable water demand to be provided by the on-site water reclamation facility and 24% of the Post-Expo electrical demand to be met from on-site BIPV energy systems. As designed, the total Post-Expo grid energy demand is 49% less than an ASHRAE 90.1 2010 Baseline, while the office buildings will use 22%-40% less energy than ASHRAE 90.1:2010 Baseline. Overall grid energy reduction is 59%.

Other key areas that add to the efficient legacy transformation include developing Expo parking areas into residential neighborhoods; integrating exhibition buildings into a first-class office complex; orienting the site for dedicated pedestrian and bike lanes; and creating dozens of public transportation links to the rest of Astana.

20 apr 17  | Departures Magazine
Expo 2017: Astana Unveiled
The beautiful Kazakh capital is ready for global attention... MORE

mar 16  | Architectural Record
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Massive Astana Expo City Nears Completion
Construction on the Expo grounds is nearing completion... MORE

19 jul 16 | Engineering News-Record
Kazakhstan Seeks Attention With Multi-Billion-Dollar Expo Build
Former Soviet nation and US designer push energy-efficient innovations... MORE

jun 16 | AS+GG Press Release
Astana Expo City 2017, Designed By Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Is Now Under Construction in Astana, Kazakhstan
Astana Expo City 2017, the site of the world’s next international exposition, is now under construction in Astana, Kazakhstan... MORE

18 feb 16  |  Building Design + Construction
How to make a ‘pure’ glass sphere
Creating a 25-story energy-generating globe for Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan put Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to the test... MORE

mar 14  | Architectural Record
Big Bigger Biggest
The future looms large for seven forthcoming projects around the globe that demonstrate ambition in scale and form. Click the image below to view a slide show of massive buildings in design or already underway... MORE

28 feb 14  | Official Site of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Presentation of conception of Astana EXPO-2017 architectural project
During the presentation held at Akorda by the “Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture LLP” company, the winner of the architectural competition, the President noted that the EXPO-2017 would become the largest international event to host in Astana for the first time in its history...MORE

jan 14  | Architect Magazine
Architecture and the Third Industrial Revolution
Ready for the next revolution? The profession changed dramatically thanks to mechanization and mass production, and the next massive shift will be no less disruptive. In this era of small-scale, bottom-up design, say hello to 3D-printed houses, digicities, and curriculums that teach future architects about far more than just building... DETAILS

21 oct 13 | AS+GG Press Release
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Wins International Design Competition for Expo-2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan
AS+GG is pleased to announce that it has won a major design competition for EXPO-2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. AS+GG’s design was selected as the winner of the international competition that featured 105 entries from all over the world... MORE


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AIA Tap/CCA Innovation Awards, Stellar Design, Astana Expo City 

The Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Awards, Green Urban Planning, Astana Expo City 


Re-thinking The Future 2015 Award, Urban Design Concept, Second Award, Astana Expo City