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Brian Eno composing soundtrack for U.K. pavilion at 2017 Astana Expo

From June 10 to September 10, "We Are Energy" will be on show at the 2017 International Exposition in Astana, Kazakhstan. Though its name may sound like a Brian Eno number, We Are Energy is indeed the work of British architect, Asif Khan, whose pavilion houses an immersive, 360-degree CGI display screen. Eno is composing a soundtrack.

Echoing tones and shades of Spielberg's Minority Report, Khan's ephemeral work will feel like a dystopian Lazer Tag setting, except without the shrieking and zap-sounds as neon blue lights form a rotunda of sorts in the 23,600-square-foot space. This shell will be manufactured off-site. When put in place, it will be encircled by a screen that leaves space for visitors to walk between the two circular objects.

The shell itself is semi-permeable for most of its perimeter. People can see through the volume and place their hands between the light rods that fan down, though only actually enter the space at one point. The screen, meanwhile, acts as a visual barrier, tracing the shell's enlarged perimeter at eye-level and displaying a "timeline of energy."

To complement the design, musician Brian Eno has composed a piece to accompany the experience. Titled "Future Energy," the score will play on a continuous loop. In a statement on his website, Khan said:

The universe was formed 13.8 billion years ago. At that moment all energy and matter was in the same place at the same time. The idea that everything, including life on earth, is comprised of this archaic energy is fascinating to me. I wanted to find a way to express this relationship to our visitors and explore how energy is being continually harnessed and balanced around us.
Professor of Astrophysics Catherine Heymans, from the University of Edinburgh, has also contributed to the project. As reported by the Architects' Journal, Khan's studio is working alongside KBW Designs and Woo.
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Take a virtual reality tour of AS+GG's Astana Expo City 2017

Astana Expo City 2017 is well under construction. The site of the next international exposition in Astana, Kazakhstan, was designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG). The project follows the expo’s theme of “Future Energy,” and incorporates many of the latest advancements in sustainable design, construction, and post occupancy amenities. At the center of the campus sits a massive glass sphere. AS+GG have released progress images for the sphere in the form of 360 virtual reality images. Those with VR headsets can download the scenes here and here. The images below can be explored on computers or mobile devices as well. (Structural Steel Contractor, Metal Yapi Eng & Const; Photography by Fatih Kucukcolak.) The project will also include 29 other buildings designed by AS+GG. The expo is focused on developing alternative sources of energy and transportation. In order to align the design of the projects with these goals, site-specific factors were analyzed to maximize summer and winter energy efficiency. Storm water and waste were also addressed with water and waste reclamation facilities on site. (Structural Steel Contractor, Metal Yapi Eng & Const; Photography by Fatih Kucukcolak.) “We worked closely with the client and the governments in Astana and Kazakhstan to develop urban planning and design guidelines that in many instances challenged the established standards, obsolete codes, and regulations,” said AS+GG Partner Adrian D. Smith, FAIA in a statement. The international exposition will be open from June 10 through September 10, 2017.  Once the expo concludes the site will be transformed into an office and innovation park. The transformation will also include adding housing to the site. When completed, the area is set to be one of the most sustainable developments in the world.