Astana Expo City 2017

Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Location: Astana, Kazakhstan

Category A: Stellar Architecture

Award Citation

The Astana Expo City 2017 master plan embraces the designated concept of “Future Energy.”

Currently under construction, Astana Expo City 2017 will embrace the exposition’s theme, “Future Energy,” with the aim of reducing the overall energy demand of the site by using both passive and active strategies. All opportunities for power generation were investigated and several were incorporated into the building-design guidelines, including high-performance glazing; energy piles that will reduce energy demand and provide temperature modulation during winter; energy storage capacity that can meet two days of emergency demand; 100 percent of rainfall from a 100-year storm event managed on site; and 90 percent of waste generated on site will be diverted from a landfill.

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Additional information

Engineering, Parametric Modeling: PositivEnergy Practice (PEP) MEP

Civil Engineering: V3 Companies

Structural Engineering: Werner Sobek

Structural Engineering, MEP Engineering: Studio Altieri

Geotechnical Engineering: GEI Consultants

Fire and Life Safety, Security: AON

Wind Engineering: Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc.

Vertical Transportation: Fortune Consultants

Façade Access: Altitude Façade Access Consulting

Theater Consulting, Acoustics: Charcoal Blue

Building Information Specialist: CASE

Contractor: Sembol Construction

Landscape Architecture: Planning Partnership


Ken Sanders, FAIA (Chair), Gensler, San Francisco

Heather Burpee, University of Washington, Seattle

Ian O’Cain, AIA, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Architects, New Orleans

Greg Gidez, AIA, Hensel Phelps Construction, Greeley, Colorado

Pierce Reynoldson, Skanska, New York City

Jury comments

"Innovative in energy and resource conservation. Design indicators show the complexity of this project from interoperability, optimization of form, and performance. Complex project with excellent coordination and analysis. Workflow analysis, performance metrics, and long term outlook are the way we should work everyday; Impressive use and integration of a number of technologies by a very large team to deliver a quality project in a short amount of time. Used each software for its strength."

Image credits

Astana overall expo site

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Overall expo site with connection to Astana

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The Kazakhstan Sphere will act as a s a science museum for the research and development of alternative energy sources, located at the center of the Expo.

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Winter 2016, construction on Kazakhstan Sphere

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Spring 2016, interior view of construction on Kazakhstan Sphere

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