Revealed: The UAE Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015
Impressive, innovative design plan
More than 130 countries have confirmed their participation in Expo 2015, among them the United Arab Emirates, who – after a successful Expo 2020 bid late last year – are preparing to introduce one of the most beautiful pavilions on show.
The project is underway with innovative architectural firm Foster + Partners, who have planned a space in the shape of a traditional desert city – with self-shaded streets with 12 metre tall walls that evoke the experience of the UAE's ancient communities, while demonstrating a natural energy efficiency. The pavilion occupies a large site close to the centre of the Expo and is accessed via its main circulation axis, called the 'decumanus'.
There are pedestrianised streets and patio areas, as well as an irrigation system – which plays an important role in the mini-village. The system will take on the form of a blue wavy line consisting of aqua-ducts extending along the entire length of the pavilion.
The pavilion responds to the Milan Expo's theme of 'feeding the planet' by integrating a variety of dining options around the theme of modern Emirati food, while landscaping around the pavilion and the open public area is designed to evoke the terrain and flora of the UAE. A state-of-the-art auditorium sits at the centre within a drum at the heart of the site for presentations. Visitors follow a path through further interactive displays and digital talks, including a special exhibit celebrating Dubai as host city for the 2020 Expo.