this proposal for the brazil pavilion at expo 2020 dubai is a modular wooden structure clad with a variety of curtains and screens. the scheme, drawn up by oyapock architectes and andré scarpa, was shortlisted as part of a competition to determine the design of the country’s pavilion at the upcoming world expo. the temporary structure explores brazil’s historical dichotomy between man and nature.

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all images courtesy of oyapock architectes and andré scarpa

 

 

the pavilion, which was designed by paris- and são paulo-based firm oyapock architectes and brazilian architect andré scarpa, showcases the country’s diversity — both in terms of its population and landscape. in addition to the amazon forest, the proposal also considers the atlantic ocean and its coastal rainforest, the northeastern caatinga’s arid zone, cerrado’s savanna, the prairies of the pampas, and the marshes of pantana.

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the pavilion explores brazil’s biodiversity

 

 

visitors to expo 2020 dubai will approach a structure made from a modular wooden grid. light effects, intensified by flowing curtains and the reflections on shallow pools of water, lend the scheme a mysterious quality. once inside, guests climb a gentle ramp that leads to the pavilion’s upper level before encountering the first part of the exhibition and a multi-functional space.

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a multi-functional space is found on the upper level

 

 

the visitor then descends the stairs along the terracotta sunscreen façade, which creates an interplay of light and shadow throughout the pavilion. this route passes by the restaurant before reaching the ground floor where the second stage of the exhibition is found. finally, ‘brazil square’ — a space for relaxation beneath a variety of art installations — serves as the main focus of the pavilion and the final destination for visitors. see designboom’s ongoing coverage of expo 2020 dubai here.

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the pavilion’s restaurant and café

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the store at ground level

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the modular structure is clad with a variety of curtains and screens