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Dubai World Expo 2020: The Latest Architecture and News

Carlo Ratti Reveals Design for the Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020

09:00 - 18 March, 2019
Carlo Ratti Reveals Design for the Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020, © Carlo Ratti Associati
© Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati has published details of their competition-winning design for the Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020, designed in collaboration with Italo Rota, Matteo Gatto, and F&M Ingegneria. Inspired by Dubai’s marine tradition, the pavilion’s construction sequence will see three boats arrive in Dubai by sea, before being raised and turned upside down to become the roof of the pavilion.

Titled “Sailing Beauty,” the pavilion seeks to explore new ways in which “beauty connects people,” embodying the theme of Italy’s participation in Dubai Expo 2020. The pavilion also pays tribute to the long history of explorers throughout the centuries who “sailed the seas and wove together a shared Mediterranean cultural heritage.”

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A First Look at Dubai's Supertall "Burj Jumeira" designed by SOM

09:00 - 8 February, 2019
A First Look at Dubai's Supertall "Burj Jumeira" designed by SOM, © Dubai Holding
© Dubai Holding

Dubai Holding has released details of the latest skyscraper planned for the UAE metropolis, designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill. The Burj Jumeira will soar 550 meters in the air, “inspired by the harmonious ripples of the UAE’s desert sand dunes and its flowing oases.” Inaugurated by the UAE’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on January 31st, 2019, the new tower will be built as part of a vast development known as Downtown Jumeira, “a city of the future distinguished by its intelligent design and cohesive infrastructure and network.”

The tower’s façade is to be covered in digital displays that can be utilized for various occasions and celebrations, with a 450-meter-high sky lounge and sky restaurant complete with interactive surfaces. The tower will also contain multiple observation decks giving visitors 360-degree panoramic views of Dubai, rising from a base designed in the outline of the Sheikh’s fingerprint.

© Dubai Holding © Dubai Holding © Dubai Holding © Dubai Holding + 6

SuperSpatial Reinvents E-waste for the Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020

04:00 - 28 January, 2019
SuperSpatial Reinvents E-waste for the Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020, South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial
South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial

Multidisciplinary practice SuperSpatial was selected as one of the 6 finalists for the South Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. Their design explores the future of e-waste through an architecture that re-uses thousands of obsolete computer parts as a construction material. Shaped as an amphitheater for temporary events, the project uses the Expo as an occasion to think about the global problem of e-waste by using a pavilion as a critical medium.

South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial + 11

Siemens to use Expo 2020 Dubai as a Test Bed for Smart Cities

09:00 - 20 December, 2018
Siemens to use Expo 2020 Dubai as a Test Bed for Smart Cities, British Pavilion. Image © Es Devlin
British Pavilion. Image © Es Devlin

Tech giant Siemens is to partner with World Expo 2020 Dubai in rolling out a major smart building project, encompassing 130 structures in a digital platform to control energy efficiency, comfort, safety, and security.

As reported by Arabian Business, Siemens will “digitally connect, monitor, and manage essential functions of 137 buildings across the 4.38 square kilometer site, through its cloud-based energy analytics platform, Siemens Navigator.”

The Dutch Pavilion for Expo 2020 Creates a Temporary Biotope in the Desert

09:30 - 9 December, 2018
The Dutch Pavilion for Expo 2020 Creates a Temporary Biotope in the Desert, via V8 Architects
via V8 Architects

The Dutch pavilion for Dubai EXPO 2020 has been unveiled, designed by a consortium, made up of Expomobilia, Kossmann.dejong, V8 Architects and Witteveen+Bos. The scheme has been designed “as a closed-loop climate system in which private and business visitors will enjoy an intense sensorial experience.”

Based on the Netherland’s chosen theme of “uniting water, energy, and food” the pavilion will be built using a construction method prioritizing closed-loop circularity, local materials, and a post-use recyclable agenda.

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Yong Ju Lee and Atelier KJ Create Floating Frames for Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

13:00 - 6 December, 2018
Yong Ju Lee and Atelier KJ Create Floating Frames for Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ
Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ

Yong Ju Lee Architecture and Atelier KJ have created "Elusive Boundary" for the Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The project is designed as a place for radical encounters of different fields. The main theme of Korean Pavilion, Mobility, is defined as a new space of possibility created by movement between territories and escape/expansion to new territories. The movement defined by new mobility is not linear, but a simultaneous event between territories.

Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ + 15

Kozlowski + Cardia Design Floating Tree Branch Pavilion for Expo 2020

13:00 - 27 November, 2018
Kozlowski + Cardia Design Floating Tree Branch Pavilion for Expo 2020, Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski
Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski

Architect Gabriel Kozlowski has partnered with Gringo Cardia, Bárbara Graeff, and Tripper Arquitetura to design a structure of floating tree branches for the Brazil pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The pavilion is inspired by one of the greatest technological achievements of Brazil: the improvement of the Direct Planting System over straw. The design conceptually mimics this scheme through its layered arrangement - soil, an entanglement of protection, productivity - presenting itself as both a building and a symbolic image.

Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski + 11

LAVA Selected to Design German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai

13:00 - 8 November, 2018
LAVA Selected to Design German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes
German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes

The Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has been selected to design the German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai. Designed as a vertical campus that blends nature and technology, the pavilion takes cues from local architecture and Germany’s history of outstanding lightweight pavilion design. Formally, the design features a freeform roof that encloses interlinked floating cubes that house exhibition and event spaces.

German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes + 16

Paul Cocksedge Designs Living Watercolor Pavilion for EXPO 2020

03:30 - 8 October, 2018
Paul Cocksedge Designs Living Watercolor Pavilion for EXPO 2020, Living Watercolor UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Minmud
Living Watercolor UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Minmud

British designer Paul Cocksedge's ‘impossible’ living watercolor design was selected as a finalist for the UK National Pavilion during Expo 2020 in Dubai. Every color in the pavilion comes from the flag of a nation exhibiting at the event, expressing unity, partnership and possibility. The overlapping shades reflect the theme of the Expo – Connecting Minds, Creating The Future. At the heart of the building, a sculptural centerpiece envelops visitors in color and light, giving the sense of an ‘impossible’ structure.

Penda and Smartvoll Design Giant Watermill for Austria's EXPO 2020 Pavilion

03:30 - 3 October, 2018

Architecture and design practices Penda and Smartvoll have created a giant watermill for Austria's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai. ‘The Source of Everything’ was selected as a finalist in an international competition and marks the first collaboration between Penda Austria and Smartvoll. The project features a supersized mill that circulates water through the pavilion and brings an experience to the desert of Dubai that Austria is famous for: Refreshment.

The Source of Everything. Image © Virgin Lemon The Source of Everything. Image © Virgin Lemon The Source of Everything. Image © Virgin Lemon The Source of Everything. Image © Virgin Lemon + 26

Jasmax Designs New Zealand's EXPO 2020 National Pavilion Inspired by Māori Culture

16:30 - 2 October, 2018
Jasmax Designs New Zealand's EXPO 2020 National Pavilion Inspired by Māori Culture, New Zealand Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Jasmax
New Zealand Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Jasmax

Architecture firm Jasmax has been selected to design New Zealand's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai. New Zealand will participate in Expo 2020 from October 2020 to April 2021. Expo 2020 Dubai will bring together 180 nations and 25 million international visitors. Over six months, the event will inspire collaboration on global challenges and opportunities. New Zealand’s theme for Expo 2020 is 'Care for People and Place'. The pavilion will feature an exhibition experience, corporate hosting facilities, a restaurant and design store.

Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilions and Architecture

15:05 - 28 September, 2018
Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilions and Architecture, UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Es Devlin
UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Es Devlin

For the Dubai 2020 Expo, the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, selected the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. Organized around ideas of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity, the next world Expo will be the first to be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. Organised every five years, the world expo lasts six months and is created as a global destination for millions of people to share ideas, showcase innovation, encourage collaboration and celebrate human ingenuity.

UAE Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Sustainability Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Mobility Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft + 10

Es Devlin to Design the UK’s “Poem Pavilion” for Dubai Expo 2020

14:00 - 27 September, 2018
Es Devlin to Design the UK’s “Poem Pavilion” for Dubai Expo 2020, Courtesy of Es Devlin
Courtesy of Es Devlin

Award-winning artist and designer Es Devlin OBE is set to design the UK Pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai. The scheme, titled “Poem Pavilion” will highlight “leading British expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Space,” and will be produced in collaboration with global brand agency Avantgarde.

The Poem Pavilion will feature an illuminated “Message to Space,” with each of the Expo’s projected 25 million visitors invited to contribute.

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Querkraft to Design Austria's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai

16:00 - 17 September, 2018
Querkraft to Design Austria's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai, Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten
Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten

The Viennese architecture office Querkraft has been selected to design the Austrian Pavilion for the EXPO 2020 in Dubai. The design combines traditional building materials with modern techniques to present Austria as a center of innovation. Former Federal Minister Beatrix Karl was appointed honorary commissioner for the world expo and will represent Austria externally. The Expo in Dubai will be the first world exhibition in an Arab country in the 170-­year Expo history. The Austrian Pavilion will center on questions of how resources can be used more thoughtfully and respectfully in the future.

Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten + 7

Fentress Architects Chosen to Design USA Pavilion for World Expo 2020 in Dubai

14:00 - 16 July, 2018
Pictured here, the masterplan for the World Expo 2020 Dubai designed by HOK. Image via HOK
Pictured here, the masterplan for the World Expo 2020 Dubai designed by HOK. Image via HOK

Fentress Architects has been chosen to design the USA Pavilion for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The Pavilion USA 2020 will sit within the 438-hectare masterplan designed by HOK, pictured above.

The U.S. Department of State selected the consortium containing Fentress Architects, led by Big Things Group, to deliver a pavilion based on the theme “What Moves You,” featuring highlights of American culture and technology. The team will seek to use the program as “a showcase of the innovation, creativity, and diversity that defines the United States.”

The World's First Commercial Hyperloop is Coming to Abu Dhabi in 2020

12:00 - 20 April, 2018
The World's First Commercial Hyperloop is Coming to Abu Dhabi in 2020, © AN.ONYMOUS
© AN.ONYMOUS

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has released details of their plan to create the world’s first commercial Hyperloop system in Abu Dhabi. Situated on the border between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in close proximity to both the Al Maktoum International Airport and World Expo 2020 site, the HyperloopTT will begin with the construction of six miles (ten kilometers) of infrastructure, with future development potentially creating a commercial Hyperloop network across the United Arab Emirates and beyond.

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Construction Breaks Ground on Calatrava's UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

16:00 - 18 December, 2017
Construction Breaks Ground on Calatrava's UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, © Wam
© Wam

Construction has begun on one of the centerpiece structures at the upcoming 2020 Dubai Expo, the Santiago Calatrava-designed UAE Pavilion.

Inspired by the shape of a flying falcon, the UAE Pavilion covers more than 15,000 square meters and four floors, including a 1,717-square-meter top story hospitality lounge. A 588-square-metre mezzanine will house support functions, with the remaining two floors containing 12,000 square meters will of exhibition space showcasing displays that respond to the Expo theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”

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Santiago Calatrava's Winning Design for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo

12:45 - 3 May, 2016
Santiago Calatrava's Winning Design for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava
Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava has won the competition to design the United Arab Emirates Pavilion for the Dubai World Expo in 2020. Nine finalists submitted 11 concepts that were evaluated on three criteria: their expression of Expo’s theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” whether the design was evocative of the UAE, and if a balance was struck between the country’s past and future. Calatrava’s design proposes a 15,000 square meter pavilion with exhibition areas, an auditorium, food and beverage outlets, and VIP lounges. The design is meant to evoke the wings of a falcon in flight, linking itself to the country’s history of falconry to emphasize the country’s present day goals of global connectedness.

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