santiago calatrava unveils UAE and qatar pavilions at expo 2020 dubai

santiago calatrava unveils UAE and qatar pavilions at expo 2020 dubai

DUBAI’s LONG-AWAITED EXPO GETS UNDERWAY

 

santiago calatrava announces the completion of the UAE and qatar pavilions at expo 2020 dubai. originally scheduled for 2020, the international event was postponed for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic. the highly anticipated world expo finally opens today, october 1st, and will run for six months until the end of march 2022.

 

‘we are honored to unveil both the UAE pavilion and qatar pavilion at dubai expo 2020,’  said santiago calatrava. ‘distinct in design and experience, the UAE pavilion emulates a falcon in flight, while the qatar pavilion pays tribute to the coat of arms of qatar – both rooted in their rich histories and cultural heritage.’

santiago calatrava UAE pavilion expo 2020 dubai
images © palladium photodesign / oliver schuh + barbara burg

 

 

THE UAE PAVILION

 

the calatrava-designed UAE pavilion takes center stage at the heart of dubai’s expo site with a design described as ‘a symbolic interpretation of the flow of movement’. the 27.8-meter-tall building is topped with a massive movable roof composed of 28 ‘wings’, which can fully open within three minutes, positioning themselves anywhere between 110 and 125 degrees.

 

inside, visitors are immersed in clean, futuristic, yet organic-shaped spatial atmospheres. the main space is crowned with an oculus skylight that mirrors the form of the expo 2020 logo while a sphere-shaped, multi-faceted auditorium in the center serves as both a visual centerpiece and functional space with a capacity of 200 people.

santiago calatrava UAE pavilion expo 2020 dubai
28 movable ‘wings’ top the UAE pavilion

 

 

as well as crafting dynamic spaces, calatrava also prioritized sustainability by incorporating elements that are energy efficient, reduce water consumption, and optimize indoor air quality. the final UAE pavilion is certified leed platinum and is compliant with the dubai green building regulations and specifications (DGBR). 

 

in materiality, the design team sought to integrate regional materials as well as native plant species. the building is surrounded by landscaped areas with over 5,600 plants from 12 different species, of which 2,350 are considered to be of cultural importance to the UAE, as well as over 80 trees, with approximately 45 of the trees holding cultural importance for the UAE.

santiago calatrava UAE pavilion expo 2020 dubai
the interior is crowned with an oculus skylight

 

 

‘we are thrilled to unveil the UAE pavilion and qatar pavilion to the public. the vision behind both structures took on many forms and challenged us to ensure that the end result of both designs represented UAE and qatar. each project draws inspiration from the urban fabric from which it rises, to serve as an extension of the respective country,’  said micael calatrava, CEO of calatrava international.

santiago-calatrava-uae-and-qatar-pavilions-dubai-expo-2020-designboom-07X

the oculus mirrors the expo 2020 dubai logo

 

THE QATAR PAVILION

 

calatrava also reveals the final qatar pavilion at expo 2020 dubai, which was designed and built on an expedited timeline of just five months. the pavilion’s sharp, sweeping form makes reference to the coat of arms of qatar, which features two crossed, curved swords, encompassing a dhow and an island with palm trees. the design combines and translates these cultural elements to capture movement, mobility, strength, and tradition.

 

the qatar pavilion occupies a site of around 960 sqm and accommodates a total built area of approximately 620 sqm. the intersecting structure of the main building ascends to nearly 15 meters in height, with an adjacent sculptural monument rising 20 meters tall.

santiago calatrava qatar pavilion expo 2020 dubai
the qatar pavilion draws inspiration from the country’s national emblem

 

the interior comprises two main galleries and exhibition spaces that guide visitors through an immersive experience about the past, present and future of qatar.

 

the pavilion was realized in just five months thanks to a non-linear, non-traditional design methodology and an integrated design and accelerated construction strategy adopted by the santiago calatrava project team in collaboration with main contractor, alec fitout, the project’s engineer of record, aurecon, and omnium, the project’s contract managers.

santiago calatrava qatar pavilion expo 2020 dubai
the qatar pavilion took just five months to design and build

 

 

1/5
UAE pavilion exterior at night
UAE pavilion exterior at night
UAE pavilion interior
UAE pavilion interior
UAE pavilion interior
UAE pavilion interior
qatar pavilion interior
qatar pavilion interior
qatar pavilion interior
qatar pavilion interior

project info:

 

name: UAE pavilion, qatar pavilion

architecture: santiago calatrava

event: expo 2020 dubai

event dates: october 1, 2021 – march 31, 2022

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy

ARCHITECTURE IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (107)

EXPO 2020 DUBAI (44)

SANTIAGO CALATRAVA (43)

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

designboom will always be there for you

milan, new york, beijing, tokyo,  since 1999
X
5