Kazakhstan has completed construction of one third of its national EXPO 2017 pavilion, expo officials announced during a media tour of the construction of expo facilities.
“Thirty to 40 percent of the pavilion has already been built and we are confident everything will be done accurately. It is the only building in the world which will have a spherical glass bent at two planes and only three companies in the world produce this type of glass. The glass for the exhibition will be coming from Italy and its production has already begun,” said Gregory Rabitsky, head of HILL-EXPO Project SembolInshaat.
He added that the pavilion’s shell will consist ofseamless bent glass onto which videos will be projected relating to the exhibition’s “Future Energy” theme. The building is an 80-metre ball on which two wind generators will be located along with an object meant to capture and direct wind flows.
“We have 10 buildings which are part of EXPO 2017 and the most important building is named B1 Kazakhstan, where the main exhibition pavilion will be. The building is unique and unusual in terms of design and functions as a museum. About 12,000 tonnes of metal will be used for the facade of the object,” he told journalists.
Developers promise that the eight-story building, including a 26,000-square-metre underground portion, will be built by the end of 2016t