The total area of the designed object is 173.4 ha, out of which 25 ha corresponds to the actual exhibition center, while the territory of 148 ha will accommodate housing projects, socio-cultural, education and health-care facilities, shopping centers, parks and boulevards. The approximate area of the exhibition pavilions will be 118 620 m2, service area – 95 400 m2, and housing – 686 465 m2. The construction of the Expo city is planned in the Esil district, a perimeter of streets and avenues: Kabanbai Batyra, Hussein Bin Talal, Orynbor and Ryskulova. During this year work will begin on the project development and documentation. Construction work is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014.
According to the words by the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Contest Jeremy Rifkin, the project of Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture is the most practical in terms of both sustainable development and architectural and artistic design and its further use after Expo-2017.
The Italian studio Bertolini, Prodi & C. architetti associati was one of the finalist practices. Their project aimed to enhance the best current safety, economic and environmental practices and to provide Astana city with a long term multi-use facility, both in summer and winter.