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EXPO 2017

Astana, Kazakhstan

The proposal introduces the world’s first fully integrated thermal-electric earth, wind, solar and water energy system. The energy storage system is proposed as an ATOLL HYDRO SYSTEM; utilizing a gravity of fed hydro power system at the centre of each theme area. Energy for Expo 2017 is distributed across two fully integrated smart energy grids, an electronic power grid for lighting and electronic communications systems, and a hydronic thermal energy distribution system for heating and cooling to the entire Expo grounds resulting in the worlds first Expo powered exclusively through sustainable energy.

The Expo masterplan proposes a two-level pedestrian-oriented organizational system with the pedestrian systems at grade and service, mass transportation and vehicle-oriented systems located at the sub-grade level. Each of the four theme zones represents and operates as an energy-producing unit that generates power to be contributed back to the smartgrid.

Each theme zone is bound by solar ribbon canopies embedded with photovoltaic panels, which define the edges of the primary circulation axes of the Expo 2017 plan. Like the rays of the sun as depicted on the Kazakh flag, these radiating pedestrian allees terminate at vehicular and transit drop-offs that mark the entry and exit points, and continue on as visual connections to various landmarks in the city at large: the westerly axis is aligned with the front of Nazarbayev University; the northwesterly axis reaches toward Astana Arena; the northerly alee connects via the green axis to the Baiterek tower; and the northeasterly axis looks toward the Ishim River. All these allees converge at the contral atoll anchored by the Kazakh national pavilion and the Wind Wheel, the symbolic foci of the Expo.

TYPE Expo Masterplan

STATUS Competition



Arno Matis, Jihee Choi, Paul Kibayashi, Christie Anderson, Stan Hung