Download the press release here →The latest images and features of the Dubai Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion → have been unveiled at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017 as part of the Expo's presence at the event.
Set to open on 20th October, 2020 the Sustainability Pavilion will be a celebration of ecology, sustainable technologies and design, with an overall scheme that works in harmony with the exhibitions it will house.
The buildings will be working demonstrations of the effectiveness of solar energy, water harvesting and innovative materials in a context that is unique to the region.
Grimshaw’s design for the site includes a core building with 8,000 sq m of exhibition space, an auditorium, courtyard and reservoir. A dramatic over-arching roof structure provides shade over the building, and acts as the nucleus for energy generation with sizable photovoltaic (PV) panels drawing energy from the sun to power the site.
Surrounding the central building are a series of ‘energy trees’ which will track the sun and harvest energy for the pavilion, whilst also generating water from the atmosphere. Landscaping and walkways through the pavilion are inspired by the Wadi riverbeds, providing intuitive navigation. Paths meander around performance spaces, and flora from the region is celebrated as a key feature of the overall exhibition design.
We are pleased to be showcasing the design of the Sustainability Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, as well as engaging in public discussion on the need to inspire current and future generations on the importance of protecting our planet, and how we can use innovation in science and design to achieve this.
Andrew Whalley, Deputy Chairman, Grimshaw