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Revealed: Winners of Dubai Expo 2020 theme designs

Three international architecture practices have been picked out of 13 competitors to design pavilions based on Dubai Expo 2020's themes

Three firms have been picked to design pavilions for Dubai Expo 2020.
Three firms have been picked to design pavilions for Dubai Expo 2020.

Dubai has announced winning firms which will design three theme pavilions for Expo 2020. 

HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo Higher Committee and Chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Airline, in partnership with Emaar Properties, revealed the winners of the architectural competition. 

Thirteen global architecture practices participated in the competion, launched in July 2015 by Emaar, on behalf of Expo 2020. 

A key judging criterion was to ensure the designs are sustainable and flexible to allow for full functionality even after the Expo has concluded in 2021. 

The competition sought to identify the designs for the three theme pavilions of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, under the Expo’s 2020 theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.

Remarking on the development, HH Al Maktoum said: “The competition attracted a truly stellar line up of architectural firms that each put forward designs that impressed all those involved in the selection process.

"After careful study and consideration, three designs stood out, amidst tough competition, as great future structures that will mark our Expo as exceptional.” 

The following firms were selected to create designs for each of the pavilions: 

The Opportunity Pavilion

The winning design for the Opportunity Pavilion was submitted by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), a group of architects, designers, and builders based in Copenhagen and New York. The company is currently working on designs for a new Google headquarters facility. 

The Mobility Pavilion

Foster + Partners, the internationally renowned practice, based in London, submitted the winning proposal for the Mobility Pavilion. Their design drew on nearly four decades of pioneering designs including Dubai’s The Index building, and the master plan for Masdar City.

The Sustainability Pavilion

The winning design for the Sustainability Pavilion, which will become a long term technology cluster, was submitted by Grimshaw Architects. The firm designed the Eden project in Cornwall, UK, and is known for its work in the field of sustainable architecture.

Each pavilion will surround the central Al Wasl meeting plaza, Emirates 24x7 reported. 

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