Architecture – Same nature, same challenges and the will to overcome them with a welcoming and collaborative attitude for a greater good. This is the message of the Israel Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The country’s participation at the first Expo in a Muslim country is a milestone event, following the normalization of relations with the United Arab Emirates as part of the Abraham Accords, signed in 2020.
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“The Israel pavilion offers an open space, a dune surrounded by seven gates reflecting joy and hope.” Says David Knafo, co-founder of Knafo Kilmore Architects to Archipanic. “The dune offers a place where imagination can create a breakthrough for the future of our planet, its ecological diversity and the preservation of human heritage.”
“The present climate and ecological crisis call for the urgent mobilisation of global goodwill, new technologies, inventions and close partnerships, in order to create new horizons for the next generations.”
Visitors are guided into the pavilion with a path on a dune-like slope. An inner facade with giant LED screens engages with people living in Israel. The screens also project images and videos showcasing varied and timely content, such as reducing world hunger, protecting nature, energy for everyone, water conservation and adaptation for arid countries, health technologies and cyber security.
At the top of the dune, an arena is set to host events and talks. Under the dune is a 360 degrees theatre with a smart lighting system and robotic mirrors interacting with a 6-8 minute audiovisual presentation. For Dubai Expo, Israeli artist Liron Lavi created Aravrit, a unique font merging Arabic and Hebrew – Ivrit – calligraphy.
Elazar Cohen, Commissioner General of the Israel Pavilion, said: “Our Pavilion reflects the Israeli spirit, which has made us who we are. We are composed of various peoples and cultures. We may walk different paths, but we all share today’s same great challenges. We are looking to connect our minds and solves these challenges together.”
The Israel Pavilion is promoted by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs – MFA.
- Photos: courtesy of the Israel Pavilion.