Commercial Interior Design takes a look inside some of the recently revealed country pavilons designed for Expo 2020 Dubai, including Brazil, The Netherlands, United States, Germany, The UK, and Luxembourg.
Brazil pavilion by ben-avid, JPG.ARQ, and MMBB arquitetos
The Brazil pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai features a central square with a tensile structure immersed in water to reference the county’s rivers and mangroves.
The pavilion itself comprises a centeal square that is covered in a thin layer of water, and enclosed by a tensile structure enveloped in a lightweight white fabric.
18.5 metres in height and 48 metres in width, the pavilion intersects with a dark walkway made of anti-slip black concrete that allows visitors to wander through the pavilion and immerse themselves in a sensory experience featuring projections, sounds, and scent. The white fabric envelope showcases image projections of the country’s various landscapes.
During the day the pavilion ensures the water is kept shaded and protected, while at night it transforms into a luminous floating cube.
Visitors are given the option to be fully immersed in the water, offering goldon boots that allows people to enter the water.
Away from the water feature on the ground floor – which is planned as the main visiting area – a cafe, restaurant, and shop are located on the dry parts of the square, while the first floor offers multipurpose room for lectures, debates, film shows, and smaller performances. Read more about the pavilion here.
UK pavilion by Es Devlin OBE and Avantgarde
London-based designer and artist Es Devlin OBE will design the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to reflect "leading British expertise in artificial intelligence and space", according to a statement released by the artist.
The pavilion directly draws inspiration from one of Stephen Hawking's final projects, 'Breakthrough Message', a global competition that Hawking and his colleagues created in 2015 which invited people worldwide to conceive a message that could be expressed to extraterrestrial life.
While the pavilion will feature an illuminated maze that features augmented reality exhibits on British advances in space and robotics, the interior will be filled with a collective choral soundtrack featuring choirs from every continent. Read more about the pavilion here.
The Netherlands pavilion by V8 Architects, Kossmann.dejong, Witteveen+Bos and Expomobilia
The Dutch pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai has been unveiled comprising a ‘climate generating’ conical structure that showcases how water, energy, and food can be connected.
The pavilion itself comprises of a circular climate system – called a ‘biotype’ – which is set to provide visitors with “an intense sensory experience”.
The ‘biotype’ is designed as a ‘miniature world’ which visitors can enter to experience a place where water, energy, and food are intrinsically linked, and where climate is controlled naturally.
Its interiors will also feature only rented materials which will be returned or repurposed at a new destination once the pavilion is dismantled to minimise its ecological footprint. Read more about the pavilion here.
German pavilion by LAVA and facts and fiction
The German Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai will allow visitors to discover the pavilion using an intelligent assistant which will act as an 'invisible companion'.
The pavilion will be located in the Expo site's Sustainability District and is set to feature a 'vertical campus' which consists of separate modules that converge at a spacious atrium complete with a stage and restaurant.
Set under the theme 'Campus Germany', the pavilion is designed as a place of knowledge, research, and communication, with every visitor recieving a tailored experience through an intelligent assistant called 'IAMU' which will provide information as they move through the space. The IMU technology will be revealed to the world for the first time as part of an aim to showcase Germany's latest innovations in science and technology.
In keeping with the theme of education across the pavilion, Campus Germany's welcome hall will feature a large pit containing 155,000 balls; each of which either highlight a "sustainability champion" from Germany, or tell a sustainability-related story. Messages contained in each ball are revealed through a scanning device. Read more about the pavilion here.
US pavilion by Curtis W Fentress of Fentress Architects and George P Johnson Experiental Marketing (GPJ)
Virgin Hyperloop One will premiere its hyperloop ride experience at Expo 2020 Dubai’s US Pavilion, revealing a design that is circular in form with slants fashioned to project a sensation of movement, making the viewer feel like the building itself is in motion. Read more about the US pavilion her.
Luxembourg pavilion by Metaform and The Space Factory
The Luxembourg pavilion is inspired by a Möbius strip, where twisting and folding of a ribbon results in one single surface, with no beginning and no end, symbolising an infinity, and in this particular context, the circular economy.
The pavilion is modeled and organised around this principle, while partial optimisation of the width of a ribbon creates needed shade and protection from the sun.
The limit between interior and exterior is blurred, where the single face of the ribbon is at one time a floor, a wall, a ceiling, hence the multilayered scenography canvas.
Scenography and architecture are complementary, allowing the visitor to merge with the exhibition. In a didactic, interactive and intuitive way, different projections and animations show the country and its inhabitants.