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MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

United Arab Emirates Architecture News - Dec 23, 2019 - 12:31   4314 views

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

MEAN* (Middle East Architecture Network) has released its proposal for the Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion which takes inspiration from the story of the Expo 2020 Logo and the palms of the United Arab Emirates

MEAN*, led by Dubai-based architect, entrepreneur and researcher Riyad Joucka, designed an interactive installation that symbolizes the ethos of sustainability and innovation.

The Expo 2020 Landmark proposal amalgamates technology, innovation and sustainability into an iconic structure that serves as a welcoming icon to the event.

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

MEAN* designed an unmissable icon

Designed to be assembled at the Boulevard Roundabouts of the site, the 8 meter structure soars high revealing a walk-through spatial forest of 3D Printed Concrete elements that resemble Palm Trees and are fitted with branching LED lights.

The structure can be viewed from the cars circling around the roundabout upon which it sits, or enjoyed by exploring the spaces between the 3D Printed ‘Palms’ towards an open space.

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

Based on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the studio aspires to make Dubai the 3D Printing Capital of the World. 

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

"We have designed a structure specifically for 3D printing in concrete," said MEAN*. 

"Robotically 3D Printed Concrete construction has been lauded for saving on material waste by reducing the amount of form-work involved in the process of casting, as well as providing a cleaner construction site, all while allowing for a higher degree of complexity in design."

"We believe that Expo 2020 would be a fantastic platform to showcase the possibilities of this emerging construction technology to the world," the studio added.

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

The pavilion presents endless interaction

As the studio highlights, the elements generate energy during daytime hours via the transparent, bespoke solar panels attached to their tops. Activeskeen™ Aesthetic Photovoltaics are specified for this intent.

At night, the concrete 3D printed elements become animated with various lighting modes, welcoming the visitors to the event. The footings of the concrete elements are fitted with hidden LED lighting, that are programmed to glow with various patterns.

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

Sustainable Legacy

The Expo 2020 Landmark is designed for longevity in the harsh desert climate with very little maintenance. Taking its inspiration from bio-mimetic performance, It is a self reliant energy generator that absorbs abundant Sun energy to power itself.

The solar panels are fitted around 360° at the center of the roundabouts, to capture the maximum amount of energy throughout the day, and tilted to expel sand from sandstorms.

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

The 3D Printed Shell components can be cast in site with UHPC (Ultra High Performance Concrete) to effectively withstand the shear symbolizes forces acting upon them.

The Expo 2020 Landmark structure is designed to serve as a reminder that the World’s Fair site is built for generations to come, an urban connection between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and a model of the innovative cities of the future.

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

Plan of the pavilion

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

Section A-A

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

Section B-B

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

Front elevation 

MEAN* releases its proposal for Expo 2020 Boulevard Art Pavilion

Left elevation

MEAN* recently completed the Deciduous pavilion in front of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), Dubai. The firm also released design proposal for modular Barjeel Art Foundation Museum in Sharjah, as well as its technologically-advanced Sabeel 2020 Water Fountain for Dubai Expo 2020. 

MEAN*, founded by architect, entrepreneur and researcher Riyad Joucka, is an innovative architecture practice that works at the nexus of design and emergent technologies.

All images courtesy of MEAN*

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