"The Sphere" - EXPO 2017, Astana/Kazakhstan

Client: JSC National Company "Astana Expo 2017"
Commissioned by: Adunic AG
Date: 10th June to 10th September 2017
Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
Services:Audio, Video, Lighting, Event-IT (Network, Infrastructure)
Project Management: Jens Gießler and Felix Erdmann
Local Coordination: Eastern European Division
Branch Offices:
  • Munich (project planning, control and execution)
  • Frankfurt (personnel dispatching)
  • Leipzig (storage and logistics)
Project Period: end of 2015 to end of 2017
Special Features:
  • "Wall of Future" - connecting element of over 800 seamless displays (55")
  • 360° projection in the interior of a walk-through solar sphere (Ø 13 metres) realised by ten 30K and four 13K laser projectors.
  • Our team comprised around 80 members from 7 countries (including 11 specialist planners, 12 construction managers for on-site coordination, 4 employees for project administration and 3 logistics specialists).

"Future Energy: Action for Global Sustainability" was the slogan of the world's fair held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in the middle of 2017. The focus was on a sufficient and reliable supply of energy in developing countries as well as on the transition from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy. 

We were responsible for implementing a major part of the "Astana Sphere". Officially named "Nur Alem", the host's pavilion is the largest self-supporting sphere in the world. Working in cooperation with the exhibition construction company and exhibit designers, N&M provided the technical infrastructure and installed the audio, video and lighting equipment on four levels of the sphere. An 80-strong international team with local knowledge, supported by a number of N&M branch offices, implemented the technical side of the presentation. In his role as "Local Coordinator", Evgeniy Davydov – our project manager responsible for our Eastern European business - was in charge of organising and supervising the local network of suppliers, technicians and subcontractors.

Each of the eight levels of the "Sphere" focused on a different  form of regenerative energy. The "Wall of Future" was the architectural element connecting the different levels and also separated the exhibition area from the light-flooded inner courtyards. Over 800 seamless displays (55") provided information on the individual thematic areas. In the interior of a walk-through solar sphere measuring 13 metres in diameter, visitors encountered a 360° projection, which we realised with ten 30K and four 13K laser projectors. This impressive world of images explained how the Sun influences life on Earth. We used LED floodlights, projections and printed elements to simulate activities on the surface of the Sun. Performers manipulated the "Wheel of Life" during the "Kinetic Energy Show" on Level 3. This effect was realised by 38 moving lights that had been programmed in a time-code-controlled show sequence.

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