Foster + Partners’ have finally completed their design for the UAE pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. As the Shanghai Expo is one of important architectural exhibition events, the architects feel proud to have dedicated something that represents the United Arab Emirates on this international stage, a pavilion inspired by the dune.
Designed to resemble the dune, the UAE pavilion appears smooth at one side while rough and textured on the other side. The pavilion peak rises to 20 meters high and is penetrated via a glazed lip at the pavilion’s base. Inside the pavilion, visitors are provided with an arrangement that offers an interactive experience brought out by Ralph Applebaum Associates.
Enclosing 3,000 square meters of exhibition space with capacity for 450 people, the UAE pavilion is included as one of the largest structures at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. As a response to the exhibition’s theme “Better Cities, Better Lives”, the UAE pavilion will showcase the new six million square meters carbon neutral zero waste community in Abu Dhabi, the Masdar Initiative projects intended to become a center for the development of new ideas for energy production. (photos by Nigel Young_Foster + Partners)