Dubai 2020 – BIG, Foster+Partners and Grimshaw Architects won the international competition to design Dubai Expo 2020 main pavilions focused on Mobility, Opportunity and Sustanability. Themed “Connecting Minds – Creating the Future” the event will inaugurate in October 2020 and end in April 2021, but the winning architectures were designed to become landmarks and functional structures after the Expo.
“The competition attracted a truly stellar line up of architectural firms that each put forward designs that impressed all those involved in the selection process” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
The site of 2 square kilometres (the double of Milan Expo 2015) is located between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The master plan by HOK is divided in three zones – each featuring a major pavilion – that branch out of the main Al Wasl plaza. Iconic photovoltaic fabric structures that create stunning light-shows at night will protect walkways and provide 50% of the energy of the site. All national pavilions and clusters are grouped in neighborhoods conceived as contemporary souks. A underground metro system will allow to explore the Expo more efficiently.
The three major pavilions will showcase the latest ideas, innovations and developments whilst providing the visitors with an immersive and memorable experience. The winning designs were announced by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo Higher Committee, in partnership with leading property developer Emaar.
Copenhagen and New York based studio BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group won the competition for the Opportunity Pavilion. The design features a green courtyard protected by an arched underside. The project philosophy “reflects a belief that contemporary urban life is a result of the confluence of cultural exchange, global economic trends and communication technologies” comment at Dubai Expo 2020.
Foster + Partners will build the Mobility Pavilion: a layered clover-leaf-shaped building that rises on a scenographically illuminated plaza. “Their work drew on nearly four decades of pioneering designs” say at Dubai Expo 2020.
The winning proposal for the Sustainability Pavilion, which will become a long term ‘cluster’ centre promoting innovative technologies, was submitted by Grimshaw Architects. The firm created also the Eden project in Cornwall, UK, and is a leader in the field of sustainable architecture.
His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar, Expo Higher Committee member and Chairman of Emaar Properties, said, “The winning theme pavilion designs further build on the UAE and Dubai’s proven record in iconic architectural design, particularly when considering their long-term functionality, sustainability and contribution to Expo 2020’s legacy and Dubai’s long-term development.”