Stephen Hawking inspires Expo 2020 Dubai's UK Pavilion
Es Devlin will work with Avantgarde, Aterlier One, and Atelier Ten on the project
One of the works of late physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, has inspired the design of the UK Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai. British artist Es Devlin OBE will design the pavilion, which will seek to highlight the UK’s expertise in artificial intelligence and space.
London- and Dubai-based agency, Avantgarde, will produce the pavilion, with the UK’s Department for International Trade leading the project. Devlin and Avantgarde will work with structural engineering firm, Atelier One, and sustainability firm, Atelier Ten, on the project.
“The idea draws directly on one of Stephen Hawking’s final projects, ‘Breakthrough Message’, a global competition that Hawking and his colleagues conceived in 2015 inviting people worldwide to consider what message we would communicate to express ourselves as a planet, should we one day encounter other advanced civilisations in space,” Devlin explained.
She added that the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai could likely become a hub for global visitors to participate “in a collective global project that showcases British expertise in AI technologies and poetry while transcending national identities”.
Dr Liam Fox MP, the UK’s International Trade Secretary, said the quality of design proposals received for the UK Pavilion were “testament to the UK’s world leading creative talent”.
He added: “This announcement follows a competitive tender process which saw a number of leading designers and firms form consortia to bid for the multi-million-pound contract, and we are grateful for their submissions.”
Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, executive director of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said the UK Pavilion would be “an intriguing platform” for learning, enjoyment, and collaboration.
“We look forward to seeing more compelling pavilion designs and themes revealed by other participating nations as we continue our countdown to Expo 2020.”
The reveal of the UK Pavilion’s design follows the launch of Germany’s Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion, which is also designed to showcase the country’s “high-tech” capabilities.
Its 4,500m2 pavilion – Expo 2020 Dubai’s largest – named Campus Germany, has been designed with separate modules that meet together in the middle of an atrium.