Winners of Dubai Expo 2020 announced
The winners of Dubai Expo 2020 have been announced today for the three major pavilions that will form a major part of the Expo presence. Thirteen global architecture practices run for the competition that was launched in July 2015 by Emaar, on behalf of Expo 2020.
The competition sought to identify the designs for the three theme pavilions of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, under the Expo’s 2020 theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. A key judging criterion was to ensure the designs are sustainable and flexible to allow for full functionality even after the Expo has concluded in 2021. The following firms were selected to create designs for each of the pavilions:
The Opportunity Pavilion
The winning design for the Opportunity pavilion was submitted by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) is shaped by a belief that contemporary urban life is shaped by a confluence of cultural exchange, global economic trends and communication technology. One more criteria of the design is that the structures created would have the flexibility and longevity to continue as landmarks and functional structures after the six month-long event finishes in 2021.
The Mobility Pavilion
Foster + Partners, the internationally renowned practice, based in London, submitted the winning proposal for the Mobility Pavilion. Their design drew on nearly four decades of pioneering designs including Dubai’s The Index building, and the master plan for Masdar City.
The Sustainability Pavilion
The winning design for the Sustainability Pavilion, which will become a long term technology cluster, was submitted by Grimshaw Architects. The firm designed the Eden project in Cornwall, UK, and is known for its work in the field of sustainable architecture.