Astana Energy Hall is a 6,500 sm, 1,000 seat multi-functional Proscenium Theater that was the main performance space during Astana Expo-2017, the site of the 2017 International Exposition. Energy Hall continues to define the cultural experience of Astana, as an anchor to the current legacy district Astana International Financial Center.
The theater includes a working stage with wings, technical galleries, and a rear stage. The stage 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 utilizes a fixed-seating system and will be used for a range of performance types including but not limited to 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 there are no performances.
Energy Hall is a highly-sustainable building. The façade will be built with high-performance, triple-glazed glass that is house certified. Other energy reduction strategies that will be used in Energy Hall include hyper-insulated radiant floors; a hyper-insulated roof cavity; reclaimed water for toilet flashing; and responsive lighting controls to maximize daylighting. Additionally, 50% of Energy Hall’s roof will have PVs for the production of renewable energy.