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Dubai Expo 2020 : the four outstanding pavilions of this new edition

Since 1851, World Fairs have become an international platform for presenting the greatest innovations that are transforming our world. Through an individual pavilion, each country reveals their talent and culture. As the first exhibition in the Middle East, the Dubai edition (October 1st, 2021 to March 31, 2022) is presenting innovation in ecology. We reveal the four outstanding pavilions of this event.

The Austrian Pavilion by Querkraft

Like a forest of truncated cones, creating a play of light and shadow, the architecture, designed by the Viennese studio, combines traditional building materials with modern techniques. With this structure, the Austrian pavilion invites the visitor to question the thoughtful and respectful reuse of resources.

The United Arab Emirates Pavilion by Santiago Calatrava

The host country’s building is surely the most imposing structure at the World Expo. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the pavilion is inspired by the wings of a soaring falcon, the nation’s symbol. An important emblem that underlines the country’s current goals around global connectivity. v

The Japan Pavilion designed by Yuko Nagayama & Associates

With this three-dimensional façade, the architect creates a cultural relationship between the two countries, drawing inspiration from arabesques and Asanoha, a traditional motif in Japanese origami art. A cultural and historical link that Yuko Nagayama combines with a search for sustainable technology. The air conditioning is inspired by Badgir, a traditional Middle Eastern architectural element used to create natural ventilation, and Uchimizu, a Japanese practice of spraying water to cool the atmosphere.

The Singapore Pavilion designed by WOHA Architects

Named “Nature.Nurture.Future,” the Singapore pavilion models a city in search of a responsible future through the synergy of architecture, nature, technology and culture. Imagined as a suspended garden, where each level of the building is invaded by lush nature, the pavilion creates a true self-sustaining ecosystem and shows the possibilities of a future that unites urban life and nature.

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By Louise Conesa

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