The theme for the upcoming Expo in Astana is “Future Energy.” The theme is aimed at finding ways to achieve qualitative changes in the energy sector, primarily for the development of alternative sources of energy and new ways of transportation. Finding sustainable energy supplies is a critical and growing global concern. The solution to these concerns ensures economic growth and improved social standards while reducing the burden on the environment.
AS+GG’s design for EXPO-2017 will embrace the Future Energy concept by becoming the first Third Industrial Revolution city, where energy consumed by the Expo community will be provided from renewable sources. Buildings will become generators of power and their energy will be stored using innovative technologies while being distributed by a smart grid. The Expo community will provide infrastructure to encourage and support the use of vehicles that use renewable fuels.
Phase 1 or the “Expo Mode,” will see the design and construction of the exposition buildings including the central Kazakhstan Pavilion; Theme, Corporate and International Pavilions; as well as hotel, retail, art and performance spaces. The first phase will also include the design and construction of a series of buildings that will act as a “covered city,” which will include retail, residential and office spaces. Phase 1 will be completed by June 2017 to serve the Expo and its visitors.
Phase 2 or the “Legacy Mode,” will finalize the first Third industrial Revolution community. The Expo buildings will be converted into an office and research park, attracting international companies and entrepreneurs. Expo parking and service zones will be transformed into thriving and first class integrated neighborhoods including an additional 700 residential units, as well as office, hotels, local markets, and civic and educational facilities.
Each of the Expo buildings was designed to take advantage of their site location. For example, everything in the residential development, from the street grid rotation, the block size and the distribution of building mass was developed through a series of studies to reduce energy use, improve comfort levels (indoors and outdoors) and increase energy harvesting for each unit.
The urban design for Expo City was determined by site specific indicators such as weather conditions, cultural context and land accessibility. AS+GG executed a series of studies with the goal of minimizing the site’s energy-use, while maximizing its energy harvesting potential and comfort levels. The resulting analysis offers the most efficient orientation in order to optimize solar radiation to reduce energy usage for heating. Not only does this strategy improve user comfort but it also maximizes the potential energy that can be generated from building mounted photovolatics.
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ADRIAN SMITH & GORDON GILL
We believe that architecture has a unique power to influence our world. As architects, we must recognize and respect our role in shaping civic life. We strive to create designs that aid society, advance technology, sustain the environment and inspire those around us to improve our world.
We strive to create intelligent, high-performance, forward-looking designs that exhibit timeless and enduring qualities.
We embrace a holistic approach to design. We believe that the future of architecture relies not on a changing aesthetic but on the implementation of an integrated process, predicated on an equal understanding and consideration of each project discipline.
We prize innovation and experimentation. We are not limited by known solutions. We utilize our experience and knowledge to move forward and develop new methods and technologies.
We support our clients in the realization of their visions, while delivering the highest standard of design in the international practice of architecture.
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We collaborate with the world's leading experts: scientists, artists, sociologists, philosophers and thinkers. We strive to expand our perspective and generate new discoveries and insights into the world of design.
ADRIAN SMITH & GORDON GILL
AS+GG designs high-performance, energy-efficient, aesthetically striking architecture on an international scale in a wide range of typology and scale, from low- and mid-rise residential, commercial and cultural buildings to mixed-use supertall towers. We use a holistic, integrated design approach that explores symbiotic relationships with the natural environment -- a philosophy we call "global environmental contextualism." This approach, which takes into consideration building orientation, daylighting, generation of wind power, solar absorption and a site's geothermal properties, represents a fundamental change in the design process, in which form facilitates performance.
AS+GG's practice includes designers with extensive experience in multiple disciplines, including technical architecture, interior design, urban planning and sustainable design. Architects also have expertise in a range of building types, including supertall towers, large-scale mixed-use complexes, corporate offices, exhibition facilities, cultural facilities and museums, civic and public spaces, hotels and residential complexes, institutional projects and high-tech laboratory facilities. AS+GG is currently working on projects in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, China, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Canada and the United States.
ADRIAN SMITH & GORDON GILL
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture offers urban design, city planning, infrastructure design and landscape architectural services to private and public clients. Recognizing that the most successful and livable places are the result of a collaborative effort, our practice seeks a complementary relationship between architecture, infrastructure and landscape to achieve enhanced economic and environmental outcomes for our clients. The AS+GG urban design team creates sustainable master plans and urban infill projects that create exceptional outcomes for municipalities, developers and institutions.
AS+GG's partners and directors have over 40 years of experience, master-planning more than 250,000 acres (100,000 hectares) and millions of square feet in major cities across the globe. Major projects include master plans for Canary Wharf in London, King Abdullah Economic City in Jeddah, Beijing Central Business District, the Nation of Bahrain, Chongming Island in China, Jumeira Gardens in Dubai, Za'abeel Energy City in Dubai, and many others. Our master plans have received numerous awards and included major sustainable measures for energy and carbon reduction.
ADRIAN SMITH & GORDON GILL
Led by John Burcher, our Director of Interior Design, the AS+GG interiors team works closely with architecture and engineering teams to promote new ideas, further the design process and break boundaries in interior design. We embrace a modern sense of space, designing flexible, adaptable interiors that can be shared between users. We maximize the amount of natural light in our projects, which affects the quality of the space, the quality of life for its users and a passive, low-cost sustainable technology. We use sustainable materials and design spaces that respect our resources, both natural and built, to create healthy, forward-thinking environments.
The interiors team has extensive experience working with clients to design interior spaces around the globe. At AS+GG and at other design firms, our senior design and management teams have worked with clients at some of the world's most innovative and well-known companies. Designs include interior spaces for residential towers, mixed-use developments and corporate headquarters buildings, including the world's first large-scale positive-energy building, Masdar Headquarters, which will serve as a headquarters building for both the Masdar Initiative (a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) and the recently established IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency), a multinational organization promoting the adoption of renewable energy.
ADRIAN SMITH & GORDON GILL
Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture is dedicated to the design of high – performance, energy – efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale. The firm approaches each project, regardsless of size or scale, with an understanding that architecture has a unique power to influence civic life. We strive to create designs that aid society, advance modern technology, sustain the enviroment and inspire those around us to improve our world.
Our Office is dedicated to the creation of new paradigms for sustainable development. We use holistic, integrated design approach that emphasizes symbolic relationship with the natural enviroment – a philosophy we’ve termed ‘’ global environmental contextualism.’’
This approach, which takes into consideration building orientation, daylighting, generation of wind power, solar absorption, and a site’ geothermal properties, represents a fundamental change in the design process, in which form facilitates performance. It’s predicated on the understanding that everything within the built and natural enviroment is connected, and that a building’s design should stem from an understanding of its role within that context – locally, regionally and globally.
Such a pluralistic approach acknowledges the interaction among building systems as well as between those systems and the natural enviroment, and seeks to improve each individual system’s performance. By using this principle in the design of buildings, we can create structures that only reduce their negative environmental impact, but in some cases, virtually eliminate it together.
AS + GG’s practice includes designers with extensive experience in multiple disciplines, including technical architecture, interior design, urban planning and sustainable design. Architects also have expertise in a range of building types, including supertall towers, large – scale mixed – use complexes, corporate offices, exhibition facilities, cultural facilities and museum, civic and public spaces, hotels and residential complexes, institutional projects and high – tech laboratory facilities.
The firm was founded in 2006 by partners Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill and Robert Forest. Today there are 100 employees in offices in Chicago and Beijing.