Santiago Calatrava designs UAE Pavilion for Dubai World Expo 2020
For the construction of the United Arab Emirates pavilion for Dubai World Expo 2020, the project of the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been selected.
The building, depicting a falcon in flight, will be located in the center of the exhibition area of 200 hectares.
The pavilion will be the hallmark of the UAE for 25 million visitors to the forum, which will be held from October 2020 to April 2021.
The building has an area of 15,000 square meters. meters will accommodate numerous exhibition halls, an auditorium and VIP-halls. It was designed in accordance with the Platinum Level LEED certification standard for green building.
The Calatrava project expresses the theme of Expo 2020 - “Combining minds, creating the future” - and conveys “the characteristic aura of the Emirates and the harmonious combination of the past and the future of the country”.
Design was chosen by the project manager, Masdar from Abu Dhabi, which specializes in renewable energy services.
Calatrava said: "It is a great honor for me that it was our studio that was chosen to create a national pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020, a project of national and international importance."
“I’m sure that the final design will symbolize the bold and decisive spirit of the UAE, which is reflected in the event promising to be the most comprehensive and global in the entire history of Expo.”
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The fact that Dubai will host World Expo 2020 was announced in 2013.