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AHR wins go-ahead for first phase of Kazakhstan 2017 Expo Village

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Newly-formed AHR has won planning for the first phase of Green Block, the 2017 Expo Village project in Astana, Kazakhstan

The £370 million scheme includes 15 buildings connected by a landscaped podium.

The 200,000m2 site, which was masterplanned by AHR, will include an administrative and business centre, a school, residential areas, parks, and social facilities.

ETFE biodomes will link the site’s public spaces, providing sheltered arcades for circulating between buildings during the harsh winter months.

The buildings which face out onto the area’s wetlands are arranged to act as a barrier for the prevailing winds and cold temperatures.

Mike Walters, director at AHR, said: ‘Since winning Green Block in 2013 the scheme has evolved from an organic, cellular structure to an orthogonal, interlocking form. Throughout the design development an environmentally responsive approach has been maintained. For us it’s a really exciting project, testament to the sustainable ambitions Kazakhstan has for its built environment and AHR’s expertise in environmentally responsive design.’

The scheme is set to start on site in spring 2015. It will be unveiled at the 2017 World Expo.

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