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Construction details of Ireland’s Expo 2020 pavilion revealed

Pavilion to recreate country’s Stone Age Newgrange monument, which was built before Stonehenge and Egypt's pyramids

Ireland's pavilion is inspired by Newgrange.
Ireland's pavilion is inspired by Newgrange.

The construction of the Ireland Pavilion at the 4.38km2 Expo 2020 Dubai site will begin within the next two months, and the structure will be designed based on the country’s Stone Age Newgrange monument (pictured), built about 5,200 years ago, before the UK’s Stonehenge and Egypt’s pyramids.

The pavilion will include a 19m passage leading into a chamber with three alcoves, which will be aligned with the rising sun at the Winter Solstice on 21 December, according to a report by Construction Week's sister title Arabian Business.

Sharing details of the pavilion’s design, Tourism Ireland's manager for Asia and the Middle East, Aislling McDermott, said: “One day a year, the light shines in and [the pavilion's team is] going to recreate that through expo using artificial intelligence (AI)."

McDermott added that AI would be used to change the pavilion’s themes to suit the country’s focus on tourism, trade, technology, and education at the next World Expo, which will open its doors on 20 October 2020.

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