The EXPO 2017 Exhibition complex is situated at the intersection of the axes of existing and planned urban development: the green axis of the Linear Park to the South of Baiterek monument and the symbolic educational axis of the new University named after N. Nazarbayev. The total area of the EXPO is 173.4 ha. The 25 ha exhibition complex consists of a number of objects performing different functions.
Director of Architecture Department of АО NK Astana EXPO 2017
A sphere as the central element of the exhibition complex
The architectural symbol of Astana EXPO-2017, one of the main places of interest in the city and the central element of the exhibition complex is an 80 m sphere, the architectural and structural properties of which make it one of the kind in the entire world.
The 1st floor of this building will host the pavilion of Kazakhstan, where the visitors will be able to get acquainted with Kazakhstan’s history, culture, traditions, places of interest and also the latest achievements in the field of energy. The sphere itself will host the Museum of Future Energy.
More than just a museum – after the end of the exhibition the sphere is to become a kind of an innovation hub and important research and cultural centre. Digital, multi-media and interactive technologies will enable to expand the possibilities of the perception of the exhibition space, located on the floors 2–8 of the Museum of Future Energy. The elevators will lift to the observation deck on the top of the building, offering wonderful views of EXPO surroundings.
The building of the sphere will also have two commercial pavilions with public catering areas – restaurants, food courts and souvenir kiosks. Between the commercial pavilions there will be the Hall of energy – a multifunctional stage area for chamber concerts and artistic performances with high-tech audio equipment and an auditorium able to host 1000 spectators.
Future energy as the topic of the exhibition will be illustrated along the thematic route, covering 4 buildings and an adjacent open public zone.
One of these is the zone of best practices –this pavilion will demonstrate existing energy-efficient technologies and world’s best engineering solutions.
Two thematic pavilions will offer topics on solving the issues of a stable way of life and how to reach it.
Corporative pavilions of big companies will also demonstrate advanced technologies, related to the future energy.
Equal access opportunities to all the pavilions of the countries-participants
International pavilions will be located along the external perimeter of the exhibition complex. Circular arrangement will evenly distribute the flows of visitors and provide equal access opportunities to the pavilions of the countries-participants located in 14 P-shaped buildings, united in 4 big blocks.
Direct expositions of the countries will be located on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor will host offices, participants’ negotiation and service zones and also national cuisine restaurants. International pavilions will be connected with thematic ones by a circular boulevard, hosting every-day show-parades as well as art-performances and installations.
Public zones and complexes of culture and art
The exhibition features 4 main culture and art facilities. Aside from the energy hall, there is the stage for the national day, adjoining the Sphere, as well as an art-centre and an amphitheatre.
The exhibition pays special attention to the development of public areas, functionally divided into entertainment, thematic, children`s and commercial zones as well as catering and recreation areas.
The thematic zones revolve around the Future Energy as the topic of the exhibition in the form of expositions, seminars and installations that will take place at temporary pavilions and in the open air. Thematic installations in the form of large-scale sculptures will promote the modern concept of energy conversion and will stay there after the exhibition is over as its heritage.
The public areas will host art-installations and objects of traffic design.
The North-Western part of the area will feature several dwelling quarters. The congress-complex consists of 3 buildings with different functions: a 5-star hotel, a Congress-Office and a Congress-centre, designed for the after-use of the exhibition. During EXPO they will host cultural-recreational events and official ceremonies.
The 500 m long Zhibek Zholy shopping and entertainment centre provides a convenient indoor access to the visitors from the stations of public transport on Kabanbai batir avenue to the western entrance of the exhibition complex.
There also will be infrastructural objects for servicing the exhibition – the building of the Interior Department, the office of the organizer, the Energy Research Centre and general warehouses.
Parking areas for the visitors of the exhibition and special transport will be located in the southern part of the area.
Great attention will be focused on the development of EXPO’s green areas, including large green arrays. EXPO park provides communication with the northern entrance complex group. The perimeter of the territory’s 173.4 hа buffer zone will include active landscaping, cycling and pedestrian lanes with necessary sound insulation and better air quality.
Thus the visitors of the exhibition will be provided with convenient access from the stations of the public transport and will be able to use the station of shuttle-busses.
After 2017 the exhibition complex will be transformed into an International Financing Centre.