Expo 2020 Dubai has revealed the winning design for the Opportunity Pavilion, one of three thematic pavilions at the heart of the event and the final major piece of the jigsaw for the next World Expo.
Australia-based Cox Architecture submitted the winning bid for the 4,500 sqm building which will be constructed from natural and organic materials such as timber, rope and about 2,500 tonnes of stone. All of the materials are recyclable and no concrete will be used in its construction.
The pavilion is designed to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate global progress towards achieving the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Complementing Expo 2020’s two other Thematic Pavilions, which are inspired by the subthemes of Mobility and Sustainability, the Opportunity Pavilion will form a key part of the immersive visitor experience.
The pavilion’s distinct, spiral shaped canopy will be made from around 111 kilometres of woven rope and aims to draw visitors into an interior space that will emphasise the importance of people connecting to achieve common goals.
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said: “In line with Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, global development goals call for collective action to enable greater opportunities for human progress, beginning with access to basic amenities that provide an enabled environment in which we can all thrive.
“Expo 2020 Dubai will bring the world together, encouraging people to share and explore ideas that will contribute to further human development. The Opportunity Pavilion is the ideal platform to enable every participant, partner and visitor to learn how they can make positive changes.”
Steve Woodland, principal director at Cox Architecture, said: “The Opportunity Pavilion is a welcoming space that draws people together and sets them on a fun and engaging journey that progressively immerses them as active participants in a mind-awakening experience.
“The pavilion will feature a ‘rope-and-light’ theme throughout, with intertwined ropes reflecting the coming together of people to contribute to human progress, giving them a sense of fulfilment and encouraging further action.”
Cox Architecture is currently working on two other regional projects: the Dubai Sentinels and the Oman Across Ages Museum. The company is also involved in the construction of The Green Spine project in Melbourne, which is set to become Australia’s tallest building.