Sustainable Design in Expo 2017
Photo Source: © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The city of Astana, in northern Kazakhstan is getting ready for the Expo exhibition in 2017. The city, which won the UNESCO cities for Peace Award in 1999, was also elected to host the next Expo with the theme “Future Energies.” The site showcases many of the latest advancements in sustainable architecture design and construction.

The theme of Future Energy aims at finding ways to achieve qualitative changes in the energy sector, primarily for the development of alternative sources of energy and transportation.

Sustainable Design in Expo 2017
Photo Credits: A.O. Tercan

Although over 100 architecture studios, including Zaha Hadid Architects, UNStudio, Snøhetta, HOK, and participated in a competition to design the grounds of the Expo 2017, the Chicago firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) won the competition.

The project, which also includes 28 other buildings designed by AS+GG, features a massive glass sphere at the center of the campus. The design of the building includes high-performance glazing that maximizes solar heat gain in winter while providing shading in summer; energy piles that will reduce energy demand and exposed thermal mass that will provide temperature modulation within the buildings during both summer and winter.

AS+GG have recently released a series of VR 360° images that can be downloaded here and here.

Sustainable Design in Expo 2017
Photo Source: © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The international exposition will run from June 10 through September 10 of 2017. Once the Expo finishes, the site will be converted into an innovation park, with offices and housing areas. The area will be one of the most sustainable development areas of its kind.

Smith says, “A key challenge was to design venues that could be easily converted into usable spaces such as museums, performing arts halls, office buildings, headquarters facilities, and educational facilities, after the three month exposition has transpired.”

 

Sources: AS+GG and Architects Newspaper

Diego
Diego
Founder of Offcyclers + Overall Sustainable Design geek. When Diego isn't scouting for the most incredible Sustainable Design & Art, he is probably trotting the globe, photographing or filming any story he thinks needs to be told.

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