Several international architects including Zaha Hadid, UNStudio, Snøhetta and Safdie Architects have been shortlisted to design the World Expo 2017 exhibition in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Coop Himmelblau, J. Mayer H, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas are also among the 45 architects competing to masterplan the 2017 world fair.
Other firms competing include Mecanoo, HOK, Stefano Boeri, GMP Architekten and Serie Architects.
The competition attracted over a hundred applications from 20 different countries..
The Astana Expo 2017, which will focus on the theme Future Energy, is intended to promote sustainable energy sources and technologies.
Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev said, "The theme of our exhibition is closely related to ‘green economy’, which takes into account the possibility of using alternative energy sources and the autonomous water and heat provision in each of the constructions."
Nazarbayev noted the possibility of creating a "symbiosis-project" out of the submitted applications, which will take into account the key parameters that correspond to the concept of the exhibition.
About 25ha of land is planned for the pavilion of Expo 2017 and the site has access to Astana’s city centre, the international airport and the railway station.
Kazakhstan had announced the competition on 18 February 2013, while proposal submission was completed on 18 July; the winner of the competition will be announced in September.
Image: The winner of the competition will be announced in September 2013. Photo: Courtesy of Astana Expo 2017.