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Expo 2020 Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
World Exposition Architecture Development, UAE – design by Grimshaw Architects
19 Jan 2017
Abu Dhabi Expo 2020 Pavilion
Design: Grimshaw Architects
Expo 2020 Pavilion Abu Dhabi
Grimshaw reveals updated details of Expo 2020 Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
Grimshaw has been an integral part of the Expo 2020 Dubai presence at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (12th – 21st January, 2017), unveiling revised images and features of the Sustainability Pavilion.
The architecture practice is lead designer and architect of the pavilion, working with a multi-disciplinary team including engineers BuroHappold, exhibition designers Thinc, and an advisory group that includes Sir Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project, and Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist from NASA Langley. The team are set to deliver an immersive experience that will educate and delight the 25 million visitors expected to attend Expo 2020 for its six month duration.
Set to open on 20th October, 2020 the Sustainability Pavilion will be a celebration of ecology, sustainable technologies and design, with an overall scheme that works in harmony with the exhibitions it will house. The buildings will be working demonstrations of the effectiveness of solar energy, water harvesting and innovative materials in a context that is unique to the region.
Grimshaw’s design for the site includes a core building with 8,000 sq m of exhibition space, an auditorium, courtyard and reservoir. A dramatic over-arching roof structure provides shade over the building, and acts as the nucleus for energy generation with sizable photovoltaic (PV) panels drawing energy from the sun to power the site.
Surrounding the central building are a series of ‘energy trees’ which will track the sun and harvest energy for the pavilion, whilst also generating water from the atmosphere. Landscaping and walkways through the pavilion are inspired by the Wadi riverbeds, providing intuitive navigation. Paths meander around performance spaces, and flora from the region is celebrated as a key feature of the overall exhibition design.
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai, said, “Sustainability is at the heart of this World Expo and the legacy we aim to leave behind for the region. Our Sustainability Pavilion will play a major part in this effort, and will serve as an ‘oasis’ for sustainable and innovative experiences and practices – linking to the strategy of the UAE government to be a leader in sustainability on a global scale.”
Grimshaw’s Deputy Chairman, Andrew Whalley said, “We are pleased to be showcasing the design of the Sustainability Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, as well as engaging in public discussion on the need to inspire current and future generations on the importance of protecting our planet, and how we can use innovation in science and design to achieve this. The commitment to sustainability from the region is sincere and we look forward to delivering the client’s aspirational vision for an energy-neutral pavilion at the next World Expo in Dubai.”
Legacy is a core part of the design considerations as the pavilion is a permanent fixture on the site. It will continue its planned purpose as a science ‘Exploratorium’ after the megaevent’s closure in April 2021.
About Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 Dubai is guided by the belief that innovation and progress are the result of people and ideas combining in new ways. Over the course of six months from October 2020, Expo aims to bring together hundreds of countries and millions of people to celebrate human ingenuity: ‘Connecting Minds; Creating the Future’.
• Between its opening day on 20 October 2020, and its close on 10 April 2021, we expect Expo to be visited 25 million times.
• 70% of all visitors are expected to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in Expo history.
• We aim to create and deliver an inclusive and global Expo with over 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses and educational institutions.
• Expo 2020 also has an ambitious volunteer programme, which aims to include more than 30,000 volunteers from a wide range of ages, nationalities and cultures and backgrounds.
• The Expo site covers a total of 4.38 sq. km, including a 2 sq. km gated area. It is located within the Dubai South District, adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport.
About World Expos
In 1851 the Crystal Palace was the centrepiece of London’s Great Exhibition – the first World Expo. It celebrated the man-made industrial wonders of a rapidly changing world. Architecture, contents and a theme, ‘Industry of All Nations’, coalesced to create a big idea of nations meeting nations in shared technological and commercial progress.
In more recent years, participants in World Expos, including governments, international organisations and companies, have gathered to promote their achievements, products, ideas, innovations, their national brand, and their nations as destinations for tourism, trade and investment.
Expo 2020 Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week information / images received 190117
Location: Dubai, UAE
Dubai World Expo 2020 Masterplan
Dubai World Expo 2020 Master Plan
Design: HOK / Populous
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Dubai World Expo Masterplan
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