How Singapore plans to go green at Expo 2020 Dubai

Singapore Pavilion will occupy a 1,550 square metre site within the Sustainability District of the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South
How Singapore plans to go green at Expo 2020 Dubai
With the theme of Nature. Nurture. Future, the Singapore Pavilion will encapsulate Singapore’s story of overcoming its physical limitations as a small island city-state to become a highly liveable and sustainable city.
By Sam Bridge
Wed 28 Aug 2019 02:11 PM

Singapore has revealed details of its Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion which will pay tribute to the its journey towards growth, sustainability and resilience.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will lead Singapore’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, coordinating and collaborating with partners from the public and private sectors to realise the Singapore Pavilion.

The Singapore Pavilion will occupy a 1,550 square metre site within the Sustainability District of the 4.38 square-kilometre Expo 2020 site in Dubai South.

Designed to present a microcosm of the nation’s transformed landscape to visitors, the Singapore Pavilion will highlight how the country continues to strive towards liveability, sustainability and resilience through innovative urban solutions.

With the theme of Nature. Nurture. Future, the Singapore Pavilion will encapsulate Singapore’s story of overcoming its physical limitations as a small island city-state to become a highly liveable and sustainable city.

The pavilion is designed by Singapore firm WOHA Architects and produced by Radius Experiential International and features a distinctive architectural design with lush landscaping.

Three large modular garden cones draped in verdant vertical greenery, will form the centrepieces of the Singapore Pavilion

The creative vision for the Singapore Pavilion is that of a dense, multi-layered three-dimensional greening space – a city that is set in a garden.

The ground level will be a welcoming space for visitors, set in a tropical garden ambience. Three large modular garden cones draped in verdant vertical greenery will form the centrepieces of the pavilion, with key exhibits housed within their interior spaces.

A canopy walk will connect the three cones to lead visitors through the exhibits and up to an open platform with vantage points of the Expo site that also allows for interaction and discourse.

The pavilion is also envisioned as a net-zero energy pavilion that incorporates sustainability design strategies and features, such as a cantilevered roof to provide shade and thermal comfort, solar panels and water treatment technology. 

Expo 2020 Dubai will mark Singapore’s fourth presentation at a World Expo, having also participated in 2000, 2005 and 2010.

URA CEO Lim Eng Hwee said: “The Singapore Pavilion is centred on our country’s guiding ethos of sustainable growth where we can have both economic growth and a high quality living environment... we hope to celebrate Singapore’s spirit of ingenuity and creativity by profiling Singapore’s innovative urban solutions, design and capabilities through programmes and activities that will take place throughout the six-month Expo.”

Expo 2020 will also be the first World Expo to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and is expected to attract 25 million visits.

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