A few big-time firms were named the winners in the Expo 2020 theme pavilion design competition.
BIG designed the Opportunity Pavilion, Foster+Partners submitted the winning Mobility Pavilion, and Grimshaw created the Sustainability Pavilion.
Expo 2020 is a world’s fair that will be held from October 2020 to April 2021 in Dubai. A competition was launched last July to find firms that could design three themed pavilions: Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. According to a press release, the three pavilions will be “centrepieces that showcase the latest ideas, innovations, and developments while providing the visitors with an immersive and memorable experience.”
The structures will be at the center of the Expo site, literally and figuratively. One of the keys to the competition, though, was to design pavilions that would continue to function after the Expo ends.
“Expo 2020 will be a festival of human ingenuity. We hope that the nations and organisations that take part in Expo, and the millions who visit, will explore the power of connections across the spheres of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability,” His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in a statement. “Our theme pavilions will play a central role in bringing this to life.”
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