The project sought to respond to a highly complex programme based on energy sources through history and their future alternatives. The pavilion’s more than ten separate areas respond with a multiplicity of solutions. Offering diverse experiences ranging from traditional exhibitions to cutting-edge interactivity, videos and large format models, the pavilion gives an overview of the history of Kazakhstan. Games and infographics complement content in order to serve a wide range of audiences. As part of one of the central buildings within the expo complex, the pavilion included modulated spaces, thoughtful lighting and sound design and key aspects of institutional communication.

Associated with the state-owned infrastructure company, this pavilion’s programme sought to introduce visitors to the new silk road: a railway line connecting the United Kingdom to China via Kazakhstan. A huge interactive central table invited visitors to explore the history of the silk road, covering the migrations and transformations the territory has undergone over the centuries. To complement this information, a large-format model of a train helped illustrate the railway’s hub-and-spoke structure, including ports, logistics, platforms, the Astana airport extension and the capital’s central railway station. All these topics were presented through large-format maps, images and infographics that integrated models produced at our Lisbon studio.


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