Architecture firms Selgascano and FRPO have been announced as a finalist in the competition to design Spain's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai. Their proposal includes an inflatable canopy of nine yellow ETFE cylinders set within a steel framework. Reinterpreting the Spanish plaza, the design creates a new take on the public square. The pavilion was made to be ultralight as a more sustainable structure that could be easily removed and transported. Formed as a 'breathing pavilion', the design allows two inflatables to move up and down to respond to views, light and breeze. The Spanish Pavilion aims to be an icon that captivates the interest of visitors and offers an unexpected experience and surprising image. Focusing on experience, the designers hoped to reinforce an image of Spain as an innovative and creative country. Reinterpreting a typical Spanish plaza, the project includes an elevated square underneath inflatables with room for diverse programming and installations. The shaded space is made to adapt to the climate of Dubai with natural thermal conditioning. Underneath, a matrix of large fans will move air to accompany the gentle breeze generated by natural convection.
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