London-based architect Asif Khan and musician Brian Eno have reveaed the design for the UK Pavilion at the Astana Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan, based on the expo theme Future Energy.
Entitled ‘We Are Energy’, the pavilion features a combination of sound and animation, and will look at the creation of energy, spanning back to the origins of the universe until present-day energy production.
“The universe was formed 13.8 billion years ago,” said Khan. “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.”
Designed by Khan, the pavilion will be divided up into sections to represent the expansion of the universe, human ingenuity, landscape and nature as well as innovation in the United Kingdom.
Eno has developed a soundscape to accompany the various areas of the pavilion, beginning with a single note at the entrance and later expanding into a multi-tonal musical piece.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is an illuminated cylindrical screen which will encourage visitors to image world made out of a material called graphene.
This material was discovered by British scientists in 2010 and is one atom thick, as well as being conductive- potentially enabling energy to be generated and stored.
Catherine Heymans, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh, developed the scientific timeline for the pavilion.