8 Pavilions that you should not miss at Dubai EXPO 2020
EXPO 2020 lets you experience the best of192 countries, their art, architecture, customs, and even more.
There are numerous reasons for Dubai EXPO being called a-once-in-a-lifetime experience and these 8 Pavilions validate the statement furthermore.
Here is a list of 8 pavilions that you should not miss at the Dubai EXPO 2020.
1. The Falcon wing-shaped Pavilion of UAE by Santiago Calatrava
The pavilion has taken the shape of its national bird, the powerful falcon, to depict the nation’s strength and heritage; and spanning around 15,000 meters, UAE undoubtedly has the largest pavilion in the EXPO 2020. Santiago Calatrava’s design concept for the pavilion was chosen after beating 11 other design proposals from various other high-end firms. The host country’s pavilion is in coordination with the theme of the world EXPO, “Connecting minds and creating the future through sustainability, mobility, and opportunity.”
The four-storey structure of UAE’s pavilion design featuring 28 solar-powered movable wings gives a fresh perspective to Emirati culture and traditions.
The Pavilion showcases UAE as a global forum of progressive society with innovative and intellectual plans for the future.
2. Belgian Pavilion by Vincent Callebaut Architects and Assar architects.
The Belgian pavilion at Dubai EXPO is widely celebrated and acclaimed as a “dynamic monolith dedicated to renewable energies.”
This pavilion is called a “green arch” and its design gives a positive affirmation towards the current climate scary era. The green arch or the Belgian pavilion integrates sustainable construction strategies and puts forth the idea that ecological buildings and environment protective buildings can be constructed with effective thinking and planning.
The pavilion located in the mobility district, Belgian pavilion rises five floors and covers a gross floor area of 4,823.83 sqm. The green curvaceous vault in the front part of the building had caught wide attention in the EXPO for its innovative design and inclusion of greens to maintain a balanced equilibrium.
3. Singapore Pavilion by WOHA
Singapore Pavilion at Dubai EXPO by WOHA Architects integrates landscape into the design. Thereby portraying that the built environment does not need to replace the element of nature at any point. The pavilion also showcases the nation’s journey through its physical limitations and yet adapting to its biophilic nature to become a state of promising future. The Pavilion at a glance creates a lush and green oasis look in the middle of the Arabian sands.
The green oasis has been designed in a jaw dripping fashion as the pavilion itself has been constructed to be a self-sufficient ecosystem with the capability of generating the required energy to run the structure for six months through photo-voltaic panels. This three-dimensional garden of Singapore by WOHA Architects at the Dubai EXPO is definitely worth all the appraisals.
4. Indian Pavilion by Kukreja Architects
India’s 4 storey pavilion is yet another hope-evoking exposition of Indian society and for the overall economy of the nation. On October 1st, during the inauguration ceremony of the Indian pavilion, the honorable PM said that “India’s pavilion will showcase the best of India across these multiple areas. It also showcases investment opportunities in multiple sectors like health, textiles, infrastructure, services, and more.”
600+ rotating screens on the facade with an intense narration of the 75-year old story of India’s democracy has been the show-stealer so far; and screening 100+ Indian movies (showcasing the title of World’s largest movie industry), live art, and cultural performances have gained humongous popularity in the EXPO which ultimately leads to creating a positive impact among the first world and second world nations.
The Pavilion hosts an array of events like music concerts, dance programs, yoga sessions, dandiya performances ad more from different parts of India on a day-to-day note.
5. – Mobility Pavilion by Foster + partners
Mobility Pavilion designed by Foster + Partners for Dubai EXPO puts forth a sense of movement through its ribbed and curve shape. This building with an envelope strategy of horizontal bands wrapping around allows plenty of natural light to enter inside the pavilion’s trefoil shape. This mobility pavilion is named “Alif” (addressing the first letter of the Arabic alphabet) has been a collaborative project in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai addressing the overall theme of Connecting Minds and Creating the Future and providing a platform to foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration globally. The Alif symbolizes a progressive nation and the lining of the new horizon.
Sustainability was the key factor of concern for the design and this mobility pavilion by Foster + Partners has met the LEED Gold standards.
6. Sustainability Pavilion by Grimshaw Architects
The iconic Sustainability Pavilion by Grimshaw architects has set an example to the whole world in terms of sustainable building designs. With 6,000 square meters of exhibition space, Grimshaw’s pavilion is one of the three flagship structures at Expo 2020 Dubai. The pavilion made of steel, carbon fiber, and concrete is shaded by a giant 130-meter-wide oval canopy topped with photovoltaics. Along with LEED Platinum certification, the pavilion has also achieved LEED Zero Energy and LEED Zero Water certification. Grimshaw’s sustainability pavilion intends to illuminate the ingenuity and possibility of architecture as society looks to intelligent strategies for future sustainable living.
7. The Swiss Pavilion by OOS
The Swiss Pavillion at Dubai EXPO welcomes the visitors with a giant mirror with a message of “Connect, create and reflect” for the exhibition. The Pavilion has been designed in such a way that it makes you travel through a fog of magic carpet to feel the land of Switzerland and let you immerse in the reflections for a sustainable future and engage in discussions. Experiencing the urban and innovative opportunities for safeguarding a better future makes it a must-visit pavilion.
8 – Russian Pavilion by Sergei Enwerowitsch Tchoban Architects
With an area spanning 3630 m², the Russian pavilion follows and portrays the theme of mobility. The Pavilion is in the form of two hemispheres, one sitting inside the others, and both the dorms are covered in colored thread-like pipes. The preview of this fast-moving image symbolizes the unstoppable progressive development and growth of the world. The Russian Pavillion has
three main storeys and two mezzanine levels which made it possible to accommodate all the events and programs.
Dubai EXPO- an extravagant collaboration of creativity, innovation, and futuristic experimentations among nations, cultures, and institutions across the globe.