Dubai 2020 Expo Sustainability Pavilion

Dubai / UAE / 2020

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The pavilion is a unique opportunity to deliver an aspirational message about the natural world, ecology and technology to a global audience. Grimshaw has sought to create a holistic experience that is both exhilarating and informative, and with the support of engineering consultants Buro Happold, the pavilion is designed not only for its striking form but for its demonstrative capabilities. Drawing inspiration from complex natural processes like photosynthesis, the dynamic form of the pavilion is in service to its function, capturing energy from sunlight and fresh water from humid air.
The systems being developed have not been applied previously on such a large scale with the Sustainability Pavilion acting as an important centre and functional laboratory for architectural exploration, demonstrating the possibility of self-sustaining architecture even in challenging climates. Sited in a prominent location, the pavilion structure works in tandem with the considered landscape of demonstration gardens, winding pathways and shaded enclaves to create an aura of magic punctuated by the sights, smells and tactile opportunities of nature.
The pavilion was developed in a holistic manner that incorporates a considered, supporting landscape design. The gardens surrounding the pavilion design are an integral part of the visitor experience, both experiential and functional, setting the stage for the exhibition contents within and creating gathering areas that will manage and distribute crowds while providing retail, food and beverage opportunities.
Content of the pavilion is key to the visitor experience and a primary driver behind the design thinking. The exhibition programme is set to leverage the incredible bio-diversity of the planet and the striking ways in which nature has adapted to harsh climates and challenging conditions.

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    The pavilion is a unique opportunity to deliver an aspirational message about the natural world, ecology and technology to a global audience. Grimshaw has sought to create a holistic experience that is both exhilarating and informative, and with the support of engineering consultants Buro Happold, the pavilion is designed not only for its striking form but for its demonstrative capabilities. Drawing inspiration from complex natural processes like photosynthesis, the dynamic form of the pavilion...

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    • Year 2020
    • Work finished in 2020
    • Status Current works
    • Type Pavilions
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