Zaha Hadid, Snøhetta and UNStudio compete to design Expo 2017


International architect firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, UNStudio and Snøhetta are shortlisted to design the World Expo 2017 exhibition in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Other firms among the 45 architects competing to masterplan the expo include Safdie Architects, Coop Himmelblau, J. Mayer H, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture as well as Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas. Also on the list are Mexanoo, HOK, Stefano Boeri, GMP Architekten and Serie Architects.

The expo, entitled Future Energy, will be centred around the promotion of sustainable energy sources and technologies.


“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,” said Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The proposals being taken forward will be revealed in September.

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