WOHA's singapore pavilion for expo 2020 dubai is an oasis in the arabian desert

WOHA's singapore pavilion for expo 2020 dubai is an oasis in the arabian desert

singapore-based architecture firm WOHA has been selected to design the singapore pavilion for the 2020 world expo, held in dubai. located in the expo’s sustainability district, the pavilion is inspired by its theme of ‘nature. nurture. future.’, showcasing singapore’s innovations and aspirations as a resilient, livable city in nature. it operates entirely on solar energy and solar desalination systems and is net-zero in energy over the 6-month world expo period.

WOHA singapore pavilion expo 2020 dubai
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WOHA’s key idea for the expo 2020 dubai singapore pavilion is to create an oasis in the arabian desert. the pavilion’s usable areas are maximized and multiplied through stacked layers to form a voluminous, 3-dimensional green space. the ground plane is a lush oasis of tropical trees, verdant shrubs and vibrant orchids, capped with a spectacular hanging garden and anchored by three cones draped in vertical greenery.

WOHA singapore pavilion expo 2020 dubai



the landscaped garden cones are thematic volumes with sensory and multimedia displays that engulf the visitors in a refreshing and memorable experience. a meandering canopy walk brings visitors around and through the cones and emerges to an open sky market platform. sheltered by the solar canopy and cooled with fine mist fans, visitors learn more about singapore’s DNA from the array of exhibits and programs. the experience concludes at the ground galleria with a display of singapore’s design stories and a retail space. despite the heat of the desert, the visitors’ journey is made comfortable and enjoyable by the combination of shade, evapo-transpirationcooling of the vegetation and fine mist fans that cool the air by 5-10 degrees celsius.

WOHA singapore pavilion expo 2020 dubai



the uniqueness of the singapore pavilion is that, despite its location in the desert, it is green, soft and alive, demonstrating the great potential of the respectful, seamless integration and coexistence of nature and architecture. it represents a captivating and forward-looking singapore, one that is sociable, sustainable and livable, and shows a way architecture can make a meaningful contribution to the fight against the effects of climate change.

WOHA singapore pavilion expo 2020 dubai



‘we are honored to have been chosen as the designers of the singapore pavilion for the 2020 world expo in dubai. with our design, we aim to show that it is possible to build a self-sufficient green oasis anywhere in the world, even in the desert. planting more trees and creating more green spaces is the best way to take immediate action against climate change – recent studies show it to be the most effective, cost-efficient and broadly available solution to combat global warming and it can be done now, anywhere. singapore has been exploring many ways to become one of the greenest places in the world, and we hope to share this knowledge and innovation at the world expo,’ comments wong mun summ, co-founding director of WOHA.



project info:


name: singapore pavilion expo 2020 dubai

architects: WOHA

location: expo 2020 dubai


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