A Component of the World's Fair 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, the energy hall is one of the several modules surrounding the central sphere of the fair. It serves as a presentation space, theater, and demonstration of efficient energy use principles. I worked on conceptualizing the design of this building, while at the same time creating Revit prototypes examining how best to construct such a building in the software. The World Expo 2017 will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture won the project by competition and proposed an amorphous vision for the expo buildings. The theme for the Expo is "Future Energy," and therefore the focus for the design is to create a zero-energy, or energy-positive expo. I worked on the residential portion of the program (the bulk of the land, and an exercise in master planning), and the Energy Hall, a large performance venue across from the center sphere of the Expo site.
For the residential design, I used Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, and the environmental analysis program Ladybug to gather information about solar exposure based on the heights of buildings and the width of parkways. The residential team and myself developed many dozens of options for road layout based on precedents in Chicago and around the world, our efforts culminating in the submission of a 300+ page project book given to the client (the Kazakh government). Once that submission was complete, I was transferred onto the Energy Hall.
For that portion of the project, a specific volume was given to us by the competition designers, and we were tasked with fitting in the program for a proscenium theater 28m high, and all associated program, including several bar areas, an expansive lobby, and complete fire egress. Working in Revit and Rhino interchangeably, I created mass families from the Rhino model to work with the design of the curtain wall, which was to be entirely slanted at 20 degrees from vertical on two facades, as well as the corners filleted all the way up the volume.
I also worked to develop the arrangement of the interior spaces surrounding the theater, one of the challenges being the slant of the walls. The building was a part of the greater expo complex, including the central sphere for the project.
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