Dubai Expo 2020 chooses architectural firms to design theme pavilions

Three architectural firms were chosen among 13 of the world’s best architectural firms which had taken part in the competition launched by Dubai Expo 2020 and Emaar Properties last year
Dubai Expo 2020 chooses architectural firms to design theme pavilions
By Tamara Pupic
Sun 13 Mar 2016 02:49 PM

Three internationally renowned architectural firms have won a global architectural competition to design the theme pavilions for Dubai Expo 2020.

Sheikh Ahmed, chairman of the Expo Higher committee and chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Airline, in partnership with Emaar Properties, announced that Bjarke Ingels Group, Foster + Partners, and Grimshaw Architects had been chosen among thirteen applicants.

The competition to identify the designs for the three theme pavilions of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, under the Expo’s 2020 theme of 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', which was launched in July 2015.

Congratulating the winners, Sheikh Ahmed said: “The competition attracted a truly stellar line up of architectural firms that each put forward designs that impressed all those involved in the selection process. After careful study and consideration, three designs stood out, amidst tough competition, as great future structures that will mark our Expo as exceptional.”

Bjarke Ingels Group, an architectural firm based in Copenhagen and New York, will design the Opportunity Pavilion. They are currently working on the design of a new headquarters for Google.

London-based Foster + Partners submitted the winning proposal for the Mobility Pavilion. Their previous designs include Dubai’s The Index building and the master plan for Masdar City.

Also London-based firm, Grimshaw Architects won the opportunity to design the Sustainability Pavilion.

To win the competition, the proposed designs had to embody one of Expo’s core themes, but also ensure longevity to live on as landmarks and functional structures after the Expo is complete in 2021.

“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”, said Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

“Our theme pavilions will play a central role in bringing this to life.”

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