A futuristic city incorporating renewable forms of energy has broken ground in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The city is being built for the 2017 World Expo, a large global fair hosted by the International Exhibitions Bureau. The theme for the Expo is the “Future of Energy.”
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The futuristic city is estimated to cost Kazakhstan $3 billion to $5 billion. It’s being designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture.
The capital city of Astana is known for having futuristic buildings, like the Khan Shatyr, a shopping mall that doubles as the world’s largest tent.
It is the second coldest capital city in the world, with temperatures dropping to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.
The city will be constructed over 429 acres, with the main attraction being the sphere-shaped Kazakhstan Pavilion.
The building will incorporate high-performance glazing that will maximize solar heat gain in winter while providing shading in summer.
There will be 28 additional buildings extending outward from that central sphere, which include a science center, 1,000-seat theater, hotels, offices, and residential buildings.
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Solar panels will be integrated in every building, with a few getting solar windows. There will also be wind turbines in some buildings as well as in the parks.
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