We are the designers of the Polish Pavilion for Astana EXPO 2017. This pavilion received The Gold Award for Exhibition Design granted by Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the Intergovernmental Organisation in charge of overseeing and regulating all international exhibitions (Expos).
The materials used for creating the pavilion are a combination of traditional, luxurious wooden veneers and technologically advanced Corian.
The scenography incorporates modern multimedia installations, touch-screen apps, object mappings, and over 12-meter multimedia projection, which is a story the creation of coal in the form of a 3d video.
The main element of the exhibition is a monumental installation occupying the right side of the pavilion. The installation in its construction resembles a stylized cross – section of Earth, with visible natural deposits at the bottom (the coal mine) and a forest at the top of it.
While following a sightseeing path a visitor will be encountered with modern, ecologically neutral technologies, based on natural resources – modern image of coal the most precious natural resource – forest.
The plan of the exhibition shows the path for visitors. The two-level exhibition consists of 5 parts: ENTRANCE, TECHNOLOGIES, FOREST, REGIONS, REST AREA.
The path starts at the first entrance of the pavilion, next goes through TECHNOLOGIES, turns and goes up to the FOREST level.
From the FOREST, there are stairs to the next part of the exhibition – REGIONS. Then, a sightseeing path leads to the playground (REST) area dedicated especially for families with children.
TECHNOLOGIES area shows the good practices in clean coal technologies. The theme of the revitalization is also presented. Next to the multimedia screens with this information the visitors can find a huge, over 10 meters long artistic 3d projection from carbon forest to contemporary forest. Inside the tree blue coal and graphene are presented.
FOREST is the area dedicated to polish forests and knowledge considering afforestation and the Forest Carbon Farm project.
The next part of the exhibition REGIONS presents the achievements of Poland’s regions, issues related to renewable energy sources, as well as the beauty and culture of Poland, using multimedia – applications, presentations, videos etc.
In the REST area, the visitors can relax and also sing the “Сулу кыз” song, which is a folk song common for Polish and Kazakh culture.
The American website about construction and exhibition activities Worldbuild365.com wrote about the best pavilions of the exhibition and their concepts. Polish pavilion was named one of the nine best.
Photo: ©Inigo Bujedo Aguirre