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US giant sees off Brits to win Expo 2017 comp

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US-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has beaten British firms including Zaha Hadid Architects to the prize of designing the flagship venue for Expo 2017  

The Chicago-based practice was judged to have created the best concept design for the scheme in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Smith + Gill saw off 44 other shortlisted companies, including three based in London – Zaha Hadid Architects, Kokkugia and Serie Architects.

Other shortlisted practices included Dutch firms Mecanoo International and UN Studio; Norweigan designers Snohetta; and US giants HOK.

Chairman of the technical committee of the competition Jeremy Rifkin said the winning scheme came top in terms of sustainability, aesthetics and usability after the exhibition.

Smith + Gill have worked on schemes around the world, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Kingdom Tower in Jeddah.

More than hundred proposals for the Expo 2017 scheme were submitted by practices from 20 countries. All the shortlisted proposals can be seen here.

Earlier this year AJ reported that Daniel Libeskind was to design a pavilion for property giant China Vanke at the Milan Expo in 2015.

The expo is held every two to three years and visited Crystal Palace in London in 1851.

Zaha Hadid Architects' shortlisted scheme

Zaha Hadid Architects’ shortlisted scheme

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