Pakistan Pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana

Organized by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and designed by Mukhtar Enterprise Studio for Architecture, the award-winning Pakistan Pavilion at Expo Astana 2017 was a true work of eco-friendly art. Pico provided fit-out service for the 407 sq. m. pavilion, helping realise the theme – ‘Nurturing the Past for a Sustainable Future’.

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The experience journey

An intricate mosaic created by recycled building waste provided a stunning and impressive welcome to visitors before they even entered the building – putting them in an awestruck state which continued throughout their pavilion journey.

Dazzling murals, paintings and other works of art – particularly Pakistan’s famous truck art – were found at every turn, enhanced by sweeping architectural curves and lines, water features and botanical elements – each representing the wide variety of landscapes, cultures and experiences this diverse country has to offer. Live handicraft displays allowed visitors to see creativity up close, while cultural and musical displays kept the energy level high throughout the visit.

But it was the Pavilion’s respect for and celebration of the environment which took centre stage. Approximately 90 per cent of the Pavilion was made from renewable, recyclable and sustainable materials. Its roof was made of bamboo; and cane, bamboo, earth, clay and lime were present throughout the interior – highlighting how these materials and forms are suitable for contemporary construction and are both environmentally beneficial and ecologically advantageous.

Textiles and camel skin were also used to create the façade of the Pavilion, depicting how – following Pakistani tradition – a roof can become a cooling device in a warm climate by compensating for the air flow.

Results

This exciting diversity of items, experiences and eco-friendliness received an Honourable Mention for the Elements and Details at the Expo 2017 Award presented by EXHIBITOR magazine.

Pico is delighted to have been involved in the activation of seven pavilions at Expo 2017 Astana: the Belarus, Israel, France, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization pavilions. These pavilions are now part of Pico’s continuously-expanding and award-winning world expo and specialised expo portfolio, which has reached almost 90 pavilions in size.

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