Construction of the “Energy of the Future” campus for Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan continues
Expo 2017 town, which will become the venue for the next global exhibition, is currently being built in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana.
The Chicago-based company Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS + GG) has developed a master plan for the exhibition complex and 28 of its structures, united by the main theme of Expo 2017. The concept of the upcoming event - “Energy of the Future” - involves finding ways for qualitative changes in the energy sector, mainly in the development of alternative energy sources and means of transport.
The AS + GG project was selected from 105 applications from participants in a large-scale competition in 2013. The company worked with the IT Engineering group, consisting of the Kazakhstani Sembol Construction and the international Mabetex Group, with whom the contract for design and construction works was concluded. The ultimate goal is to maximize the energy consumption of the object through passive and active strategies.
Specific features of the terrain: lighting conditions, wind direction, weather and climatic parameters, and cultural and historical context had a decisive influence on the overall design and architecture of the town of Expo in Astana. The designers carried out a number of studies in order to reduce the energy consumption of the complex under construction due to its self-energy supply, while increasing the level of comfort.
A significant part of the energy required for the operation of the town of Expo will be generated from renewable resources, including: - high-tech glazing, allowing you to get maximum solar heat in winter and shading in summer; - energy supplies with heat exchangers that will reduce energy consumption - regulation of the temperature inside buildings due to heat capacity of materials of construction; - 90% of waste will be recycled.
Adrian Smith, one of the founders of AS + GG, said: “We worked closely with the customer and the leadership of Astana and Kazakhstan, developing new areas of urban planning and design, and in many respects they contradicted existing standards, outdated building codes and legislation.