UAE pavilion at shanghai expo 2010
UAE pavilion at shanghai expo 2010 UAE pavilion at shanghai expo 2010
may 14, 2010

UAE pavilion at shanghai expo 2010

‘united arab emirates pavilion’ image © designboom

the united arab emirates pavilion designed by foster + partners is a huge golden sand dune reminiscent of the country’s desert. the outer covering of the pavilion is gold-colored stainless steel. its undulating roof, looking as if it has been shaped by the wind, makes the pavilion shimmer and change colors, thus, reminding visitors of the middle east country’s various natural environments. with a capacity of 450 people and enclosing 3,000 square metres of exhibition space, the pavilion is one of the largest structures built for the 2010 shanghai expo.

flat stainless steel panels joined by adjustable nodes enable the pavilion to be demounted on site and constructed quickly and economically. image © designboom

desert comprised of sands in red, golden and white colors, the ups and downs of hills, a scattered oasis ringed with ancient camel bells, and boats with glimmering sails on the ocean are all staged in the video inside the pavilion, reminding visitors of what an important role the natural environment and wild life play in the culture and lifestyle of the UAE people.

detail of stainless steel skin facade image © designboom

the shape of the pavilion is designed in response to shanghai’s weather. it protects against the direct glare of the city’s summer sun but allows indirect light to enter the pavilion via louvers. visitors approach the ‘dunes’ by a walkway, which follows a stream of water towards the entrance.

for more info on the early stages of development of the united arab emirates pavilion, see designboom’s previous coverage here.

detail image © designboom

image © designboom

  • so beautiful. nice photos.

    alvin says:
  • so simple it should last!

    qiobby says:
  • How does light penetrates the building?

    KAREN says:
  • The complex structure is a triangulated lattice of flat stainless steel panels, joined by adjustable nodes, which are designed to enable the pavilion to be demounted on site and constructed quickly and economically. The peak rises to 20 metres in height and it is entered via a glazed lip at the pavilion’s base. Light penetrates the building’s business centre and VIP area through glazed vertical strips, which illuminate the pavilion from within by night. Internally, the fit out by Ralph Applebaum Associates offers an interactive experience, and a dynamic lighting design will reveal the exposed lattice shell of the structure.

    just read it says:
  • this pavilion is just as foster’s practice nowadays…uninspiring and senseless

    frivo says:
  • Norman Foster WAS a genius mind – but after him, the staff of Foster and Partners is just as average as Atkins, RMJM, Aedas, etc… no genius mind anymore, no public interest in this work anymore.
    Amazing how the batch of “timeless” turns into “outdated” within such a short time after 40 years… something went fundamentaly wrong in the “family planning”: welcome to to world of commercial, average boredom!

    clear says:
  • Appropriate design. Fits the bill and is transportable. Pity there aren’t interior photos d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Foster… The End

    mikl says:

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