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BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

United Arab Emirates Architecture News - Jul 18, 2016 - 13:37   20935 views

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has revealed its design 'Opportunity Pavilion' for Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expo 2020 Dubai, themed 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', explore the confronts key global challenges, and seeks to provide practical and scalable solutions. Three relates subthemes, Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability are identified as drivers of change that shape our world and create our future.

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

BIG's proposal Opportunity Pavilion is one of the primary anchors in the Expo 2020 site. BIG's twisting structure will use the region's challenges ecological circumstances as a resource to organize and shape the Opportunity Pavilion. 

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

By merging the maximum roof surface and allowable building height with the minimum footprint at ground level, the Pavilion creates the largest possible shading structure with the smallest possible volume. The saw-tooth form of the roof is oriented to allow for ample natural light to filter in from the north, while south-facing photovoltaic panels harness solar energy to power the Pavilion and its exhibits. 

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

The facade of the building, composed of linear elements of the same length, is pushed in and lifted at ground level to resemble a billowing curtain. Rational and expressive at the same time, the opening provides access to the Pavilion while creating and unobstructed line-of-sight connecting the Opportunity Pavilion with adjacent structures and pavilions. 

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

Visitors are led to a shaded and well-ventilated plaza for public gatherings on the underside of the Pavilion, and a green oasis in the middle of the plaza offers more intimate and private spaces for discussion and contemplation. 

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

As a space that could be used for events big and small, public and private, the plaza and oasis are together a symbol of the inherent opportunity in the Expo-bringing people together to connect minds and create the future.

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

After sunset, the iconic Opportunity Pavilion turns into a luminous adventure for people, with lighting literally woven into the architecture. Linear lights embedded in the facades emphasize the underlying rationality while articulating the overall expressive gesture of the facade. 

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

The underside of the pavilion is generously lit, while lighting integrated into the steps down to the oasis in the urban plaza turns it into a gentle mirror of the belly of the pavilion above.

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

Project Facts

Project name: Expo 2020 Opportunity Signature Pavilion

Partners in charge: Bjarke Ingels, Brian Yang

Project manager: Gabriele Ubareviciute

Team: Andreas Mullertz, Bartosz Kobylakiewicz, Dimitrie Grigorescu, Frederik Lyng, Geoffrey Eberle, Giedrius Mamavicius, Hugo Yun Tong Soo, Kostas Poulopoulos, Kristoffer Negendahl, Malgorzata Mutkowska, Richard Mui, Teodor Fratila Cristian, Tomas Karl Ramsrand, Tommy Bjornstrup.

Year: 2016

Type: Competition

Client: Emaar Properties

Collaborations: HG Merz, Wsp, RIb

Size: 12.000m2

Location: Dubai, UAE

Status: In progress

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