Expo 2020 is still some time away, but that doesn't mean it's not worth getting excited about. And nothing excites us more in Dubai than sparkly new buildings.
So step forward the approved designs for three of the major pavilions that form a major part of the site.
Following a long-running international architecture competition, it was announced in March that companies from Denmark and the UK had been selected for the three key pillars; Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
All the three pavilions will surround the central Al Wasl Meeting Plaza, a focal point of the 2sqkm, while all winning designs must be designed with flexibility and longevity in mind, to ensure the site continues as a landmark after the event has finished in 2021.
Danish company Bjarke Ingels Group, who operate out of New York, can count the Google headquarters on their list of previous achievements. Their 'The 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'.
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. Their imposing three-hub venue is built with 'creating smarter and more productive physical and virtual connections' at its heart.
Arguably the most exciting is The Sustainability Pavilion, which will be bought to life by the same brains behind Britain's iconic Eden Project. Eco-arcitects Grimshaw are behind the green facility, an area packed with innovative sustainable energy drivers. The slogan, 'pursuing our hopes of progress without compromising the needs of future generations', is a powerful message.
See more from the Expo2020 project, with a video released last year about the UAE Pavilion...