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The International Specialized Exhibition EXPO 2017 “Future Energy” held in Astana from June 10 to September 10 significantly changed the architectural appearance of Kazakhstan’s capital. A new district with a total area of 174 hectares was built to hold EXPO 2017, 25 of them were allocated for use as the exhibition venue. The EXPO 2017 Exhibition site designed by Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture, a famous US agency, is a new growth and development point of the capital of Kazakhstan. It is a microdistrict that is fully provided with its own infrastructure and includes recreation and park areas, residential buildings, a hotel, a congress center, a multifunctional shopping mall and some other infrastructure facilities. The history of international exhibitions has shown that venues built specially for exhibitions subsequently become attractions of global significance. For example, the Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World's Fair, the Atomium in Brussels was built for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, and the Oriental Crown was built for the Expo 2010 Shanghai Chinа. Now that the exhibition is over, the pavilion of Kazakhstan - Nur Alem, the largest spherical building in the world, has undoubtedly become one of the main attractions of Astana. It is a new symbol of future energy with a diameter of 80 meters, a height of 100 meters, and a total area of over 24,000 square meters. View more View full description
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