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Expo 2020 Dubai's Opportunity Pavilion will be concrete-free

The 4,500sqm Opportunity Pavilion will be built with timber, rope, and stone, with 111km of woven rope to form its spiral-shaped canopy

Expo 2020 Dubai's concrete-free Opportunity Pavilion will be built using recyclable materials.
Expo 2020 Dubai's concrete-free Opportunity Pavilion will be built using recyclable materials.

Design details for Expo 2020 Dubai's concrete-free Opportunity Pavilion have been revealed.

Created by Australia-based Cox Architecture, the 4,500m² Opportunity Pavilion will be built with timber, rope, and stone. All materials are recyclable and no concrete will be used during construction of the only Thematic District that will be dismantled once the expo ends.

Approximately 111km of woven rope will be used to create the spiral-shaped canopy of the pavilion, which is designed to draw the millions of visitors into the structure's interior. More than 2,500 tonnes of stone will also be used during construction.

READ: Construction details of Expo 2020 Dubai's German Pavilion revealed

The rope-and-light theme, dominant throughout the Opportunity Pavilion, aims to reflect the importance of connecting people. A landscaped garden with places to eat and drink, as well as retail and entertainment options, will have grassy areas for informal meetings.

Gaming and decision-making areas within the pavilion will be also used to address how small, individual actions can contribute to positive change on a global scale.

Expo 2020 Dubai said the aim of the Opportunity Pavilion was to “celebrate global progress” in meeting sustainable development goals set by the United Nations.

READ: Progress report: Construction at Expo 2020 Dubai site

HE Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE's Minister of State for International Cooperation, and director general at Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said the pavilion aimed to encourage people to “make positive changes”. 

“Global development goals call for collective action to enable greater opportunities for human progress, beginning with access to basic amenities that provide an enabled environment,” she said.

Steve Woodland, principal director at Cox Architecture, said the Opportunity Pavilion would be "fun and engaging".

Cox Architecture is also working on two more projects in the region: Dubai Sentinels and the Oman Across Ages Museum. It counts The Green Spine in Melbourne – Australia's future tallest skyscraper – among its global portfolio.

The Opportunity Pavilion is the final one in the expo's trio of Thematic Districts to have details of its design unveiled. 

The announcement came after details of the high-tech Campus Germany pavilion in the expo's Sustainability Pavilion were revealed earlier this month. 

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