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Expo 2020 Dubai's Kuwait Pavilion design inspired by sand dunes

EXCLUSIVE: H K Kok, creative director, Cityneon says Kuwait's Water Towers, the sun, and the sand inspired the architects

The Kuwait Pavilion will be located within the Sustainability District.
Kuwait at Expo 2020 Dubai
The Kuwait Pavilion will be located within the Sustainability District.

The design of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Kuwait Pavilion, which takes inspiration from sand dunes, has been revealed, with the 4,546m2 structure being located within the World Expo’s Sustainability District.

With the theme, “New Opportunities for Sustainability”, the pavilion will showcase Kuwait’s rich past and the sustainable future objectives, as well as economic diversity that will promote business innovation.

The Undersecretary, Ministry of Information and Commissioner General of Kuwait at EXPO 2020 Dubai, Munirah Al Huwaidi said: “The symbol of sustainability in the form of a water tower, lies at the centre of the pavilion, reflecting the State of Kuwait’s future vision towards sustainability and its utmost respect for the natural environment, the local climate, resources, and the extensive skills of its people.”

Al Huwaidi added: "Our choice of “sustainability” as a concept for participation, under the title “New Kuwait, New Opportunities for Sustainability”, stems from the vision of His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to rely on renewable energies, in-line with “New Kuwait Vision 2035” and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

Speaking to Construction Week during the design revelation ceremony of the pavilion that was held at Jumeriah Emirates Towers, creative director of Cityneon, H K Kok, said: “The pavilion is inspired by the Water Towers, which is a symbol of sustainability. That helped develop a circular design, which is continuous just as the sustainability. The idea of the circle fits the plot nicely.”

"We wanted the pavilion to have a very distinctive look that is inspired by the iconic structures of the country. The Water Towers, the sun, and the sand inspired our architects to design the pavilion, as we wanted to make it different," Kok told Construction Week.

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