UAE Pavilion - EXPO 2015

LocationMilan, Italy
ProjectFoster + Partners
Light planningDavid Atkinson, Lighting Design

Food for Thought – Shaping and Sharing the Future

The UAE Pavilion explores the very real challenges that arise in feeding the planet, particularly in the interwoven topics of land, food, energy and water. It also highlights some of the innovative solutions that the UAE has developed in these areas. 

Designed by Foster + Partners, the striking form of the UAE Pavilion is created by a series of tall rippled walls. These impressive 12-metre structures evoke both the narrow self-shaded streets of the UAE’s historic settlements and the magnificent open sand dunes of its deserts.
3D scans of dune surfaces have informed the wall design to create an authentic texture. These sinuous, curving shapes guide visitors through a range of intriguing spaces and exciting, informative experiences.
Complementary landscaping based on native UAE species provides a welcoming green backdrop.

Engineered for the naturally cool weather of Milan and the sunny climes of the United Arab Emirates, the pavilion is supposed be dismantled at the end of Expo Milano 2015 and reassembled in the UAE’s low-carbon Masdar City, reflecting the principles embodied in Masdar’s sustainability ethos. 

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