Astana Expo – Future Energy
Zaha Hadid Architects
The master-plan emerged from the cultural and physical landscape of Kazakhstan, traditional Kazakh patterns, ornament, craftsmanship, the unique physical landforms, geology and beauty of the Kazakhstan landscape with the overarching issue of addressing the 'future energy' agenda. The result is an informal fluid interface of urban pattern, land-form and architecture inspired by Kazakh culture imbedded in resource efficient design and renewable technologies. Building mass across the Expo City site is structured to create a fluid contour across the site addressing the neighboring urban condition, building height and importance of adjoining streets. As the urban morphology gravitates to the EXPO site, the block structure is further deformed, buildings become more dynamic demonstrating greater geometric movement and tension.