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Asif Khan reveals designs for UK Expo 2017 pavilion

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Rising star Asif Khan has unveiled his UK pavilion for Expo 2017, which is now being erected at the expo site in Astana, Kazakhstan

The pavilion, which will feature music by Brian Eno, will showcase UK energy businesses, in line with the expo’s theme of ‘Future Energy’.

The pavilion explores the origins and future of energy, taking visitors from the birth of the universe and culminating in a 360-degree CGI landscape.

Asif 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.’

The UK pavilion will showcase UK discoveries from the steam engine, through the World Wide Web, to the recently discovered material graphene.

It will occupy a 2,200m² space which will be pre-built to shell and core by the expo organisers.

The studio – working with KBW Designs and WOO – defeated an unnamed shortlist of rival firms to land the prestigious Department for International Trade (DIT)-backed project.The appointment comes six months after Khan joined Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield on Debrett’s list of the UK’s most influential figures.

Astana is one of the smaller, specialised expositions which traditionally take place two years after the larger universal expositions such as those at Milan and Shanghai, and will run from 10 June to 10 September

AHR won planning for the £370 million first phase of the 2017 Expo Village project in Astana in 2014.

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