- 1 Dubai Expo Architecture
- 1.1 UAE Pavilion (Santiago Calatrava)
- 1.2 Luxembourg Pavilion (The Space Factory & Metaform)
- 1.3 Sustainability Pavilion (Grimshaw)
Dubai Expo Architecture
The theme for the Dubai Expo 2020 is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. It has been developed around the ideas of Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. The world expo is held every five years in the form of a global destination for sharing ideas, showcasing innovation, encouraging collaboration and celebrating human ingenuity. Dubai Expo 2020 is going to be held in a 438-hectare area between Abu Dhabi and Dubai cities. Dubai Expo architecture has been designed through a master plan of an American firm, HOK. There are three large Expo pavilions that are placed around the main plaza. Each of these Expo pavilions has been based on a sub-theme.
With the help of the Dubai Metro Route 2020, passengers will be able to move to and from the Expo pavilions. The country and thematic pavilions at Dubai Expo 2020 are going to be immersive experiences for taking visitors on a journey of entertainment, information, and awareness. In addition to this, the focus is on the connection between the planet and the occupants. Dubai Expo architecture and Expo pavilions have been explained below:
UAE Pavilion (Santiago Calatrava)
Dubai Expo architecture of Calatrava uses design for evoking falcon wings in flight. It is to signify the falconry of the country that focuses on the current objectives of global connectedness. This Dubai Expo Architecture has proposed a 15,000 sq. meter pavilion that has VIP lounges, food & beverage outlets, an auditorium and exhibition areas. It is one of the biggest Expo pavilions with four floors and a hospitality lounge spread across 1,717 sq. meters. In addition to this, there is a mezzanine for support functions.
In the remaining 2 floors of the Dubai Expo architecture, there is exhibition space to display the Expo theme. As per Dubai architects, it is going to be the main attraction at the Dubai Expo 2020 as it showcases the country’s bright future and rich culture. People will be able to understand the history of the country in the form of the connected global hub. In addition to this, it is going to reveal the vision of leaders for creating a progressive and peaceful society. On the top floor, there is a hospitality space that showcases Emirati culture as well as its achievements.
Luxembourg Pavilion (The Space Factory & Metaform)
The theme for this Dubai Expo architecture is Opportunity. It is a reflection of the country, Luxembourg, to showcase its features including being open, generous, reassuring, intriguing, small, and ambitious. The inspiration comes from a Mobius strip, which has no beginning or end to symbolize infinity. This Dubai Expo architecture also signifies the circular economy.
Sustainability Pavilion (Grimshaw)
It is one of the three Expo pavilions at the Dubai Expo 2020. This Dubai Expo architecture aims to reveal the role of architecture as society is seeking effective strategies related to sustainable future living. It presents an opportunity for delivering an inspirational message related to the natural world, technology and ecology to the international audience. This Dubai Expo architecture draws inspiration from photosynthesis to reflect a dynamic form. There are gardens that surround the pavilion can be considered to be a critical component of the visitor experience, both functional and experiential.
Austrian National Pavilion (Querkraft)
Expo pavilions are centred on key themes. For this reason, this pavilion is about the effective and sustainable use of resources in the future. The main focus of the pavilion is on the framework related to innovations. There are truncated cones for creating patterns of shadow and light. It will allow people to rest and view the surrounding exhibition. The funds for the pavilion have been arranged by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Federal Ministry for Digital & Economic Affairs.
New Zealand (Jasmax)
The theme adopted by New Zealand for the Expo is to Care for People & Place. This theme has been formed on the basis of kaitiakitanga, which is a Maori idea. With the help of this concept, Dubai architects want to establish a deep relationship between the natural world and humans. The exhibition space of the pavilion is going to highlight the innovations of New Zealand along with a curated store with top design projects and a restaurant with popular food and beverages of New Zealand. As per Dubai architects, the inspiration has been derived from waka taonga, which is used by Maori for safeguarding key items.
In addition to this, waka taonga is gifted for maintaining traditions, strengthening relationships, and creating partnerships across the generations. The concept is being used by the Dubai architects for bringing people together.
Spain Pavilion (FRPO + Selgascano)
As per Dubai architects, the National Pavilion of Spain is going to be designed by FRPO and Selgascano for Dubai Expo 2020. The proposal shows an inflatable canopy made with the help of 9 yellow ETFE cylinders inside a steel structure. Dubai architects consider it to be a reinterpretation of the Spanish plaza through a new and modern take. In order to make the structure more sustainable, this pavilion was designed to be ultralight, which also helps it to be easily transported or removed. It has been made in the form of a breathing pavilion, which allows 2 inflatables to move in response to the breeze, light and views.
United Kingdom Pavilion (Es Devlin)
Es Devlin has designed the United Kingdom while working with Dubai architects. The title of the scheme is ‘Poem Pavilion’ that highlights the expertise of Britain in Space and Artificial Intelligence. The visitors will be able to contribute to the ‘Message to Space’. As per Dubai architects, this idea is based on one of the final projects of Stephen Hawking, ‘Breakthrough Message’. It was a global competition held by Hawking and colleagues to invite people for considering what message we should send to space as an expression for our planet. Dubai architects believe that the pavilion aims to showcase British expertise in poetry and AI technologies that transcend national identities.
Mobility Pavilion (Foster + Partners)
Teams were chosen from 13 practices including Dubai architects, for designing 3 themed pavilions, Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity. Dubai has emerged in the form of a global hub for the construction and design industry, which can be seen through the varying breadth and scope of projects across the region. The pavilions are related to the way in which data, ideas and people move. This has been achieved by showcasing a journey of the future, present and past of movement that includes artificial intelligence and ancient exploration.
There is an elevating platform that moves you to the 9th century Baghdad’s House of Wisdom. Then, you can move to witness the historical Mobility giants. The virtual world can also be experienced in this pavilion that brims with data by leaping forward in time. Once can get served by a drone or robot waiter within this pavilion.
USA Pavilion (Fentress Architects)
It is going to be one of the best Expo pavilions at the Dubai Expo 2020. The theme of the pavilion focuses on the diversity and power of commercial opportunity, technological innovation and culture across the US. The pavilion is going to reflect the dynamic features of the American culture as well as its national values of innovation, progress and ingenuity.