The world expo in Astana, Kazahkstan opened on Saturday, June 10, and within the first week, the UK Pavilion already welcomed 20’000 visitors. iart consulted with architect Asif Khan about the conception and was responsible for planning and realizing a transparent yurt and a 60m long, 360-degree panorama projection inside the British pavilion.
Functioning as a centerpiece of the 2.200 m2 pavilion, the yurt consists of 200 spokes – single pieces of acrylic glass, each about 4 metres high but only 2 cm thick. The spokes are lighting up when touched, changing their appearance from transparent matter to illuminated solid. Through the spokes, the 360-degree projection can be seen. It encompasses the yurt as a single, 60m long moving image of an ever changing landscape.
Just as the world expo closed its doors on September 10, 2017, the first awards have been announced: The British Pavilion won a ‘Honorable Mention’ from the ‘Exhibit Magazine’ in its competition, and a silver award from the Bureau International des Expositions for the exhibition design.
With over 500’000 visitors, the British Pavilion certainly was well received.
A huge thank-you to my team for all the hard work in delivering this demanding project!
Text and video credits: iart.ch