Time Out has the latest on Expo 2020 in Dubai, as organisers release video of Opportunity Pavilion and the Expo 2020 Master Plan at Arab Media Forum
The first glimpse inside one of the key Expo 2020 buildings has been revealed at the Arab Media Forum.
A short augmented reality video posted on Twitter gave the clearest insight yet into the Opportunity Pavilion - one of three themed pavilions in the Jebel Ali project.
The footage shows incredible architecture and habitat, with light, water and greenery appearing both inside and out. A large open plan space above ground level looks likely to be the platform for innovators and creators to showcase their work.
Danish company Bjarke Ingels Group, who operate out of New York, are the team behind this particular element, and can count the Google headquarters on their list of previous achievements. Their 'Opportunity Pavilion' is said to be 'influenced by a belief that contemporary urban life is shaped by a confluence of cultural exchange, global economic trends and communication technology'. The facility is built around the premise of 'unlocking new possibilities for people and communities to become successful contributors to the future'.
Announcements regarding the Mobility and Sustainability pavilions are expected to follow soon.
The whole development will be spread across two-square kilometres, revolving around the Al Wasl meeting plaza - the figurative and literal heart of Expo 2020 Dubai.
The three Pavilions will be hubs in their own right, 'showcasing the latest ideas, innovations and developments, and provide millions of visitors with an immersive and memorable experience that will inspire them with future possibilities'.
"Work on the site is progressing well as per our schedule," a spokesman for Real Estate at Expo 2020 Dubai, said at the Arab Media Forum.
Held under the theme 'Media for Good', the Arab Media Forum (May 10-11) at Dubai World Trade Centre is the largest event of its kind in the region, and hosts prominent and respected media industry leaders, journalists and intellectuals from the Middle East and beyond.
In March it was announced that companies from Denmark and the UK had been selected to build the three key pavilions, all designed with flexibility and longevity in mind to ensure the site continues as a landmark after the event has finished in 2021.
London-based practice Foster + Partners, already well known to the UAE market for their work on the under-construction Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi, Masdar City, and Brookfield Place in Dubai, will create the Mobility Pavillion, and The Sustainability Pavilion will be bought to life by the same brains behind Britain's iconic Eden Project.