Following a design competition, the National Media Council of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has selected Santiago Calatrava’s proposal for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo 2020. The structure, which will sit at the heart of the nearly 500-acre exhibition area and whose design is inspired by a falcon in flight, will be seen by the roughly 25 million visitors and participants who are expected to visit the Expo from October 2020 to April 2021.
The announcement was made after an intense design competition overseen by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, in its capacity as the Expo’s program manager. “The final design will be a symbol of the UAE’s bold and daring spirit, reflected in what is poised to be the most inclusive and global Expo in history” said Calatrava.
When completed, the Calatrava-designed UAE Pavilion will be approximately 15,000 square meters (over 161,000 square feet) and will include numerous exhibition areas, an auditorium, food and beverage outlets and VIP lounges. It will be designed to meet LEED Platinum sustainable building standards. Source by Santiago Calatrava.
- Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Architect: Santiago Calatrava
- Project Management: Masdar
- Client: National Media Council
- Year: 2020
- Images: Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava
Article by Marco Rinaldi