Design of Expo 2020 Dubai's Ireland Pavilion in Mobility District revealed

Design of the Irish Pavilion takes inspiration from the over 5,000 year-old megalithic Newrange lightbox in County Meath

The Ireland Pavilion will be located within the Mobility District.
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The Ireland Pavilion will be located within the Mobility District.

Ireland has revealed the design of its “Island of Inspiration”-themed Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion, located within the Mobility District at the world’s greatest event that will open its doors on 20 October 2020.

The pavilion will tell Ireland’s epic story showcasing the country as the one constantly inspired from its landscape and heritage to its culture and people.

Design of the Irish Pavilion takes inspiration from the over 5,000 year-old megalithic Newrange lightbox and is a fusion between western and eastern architecture.

Located in County Meath in the north of Dublin, the Newrange features a light box that illuminates the passage and the chamber at the winter solstice as its lets sunlight fall on the passage, lighting up the entire chamber.

Visitors at the Irish pavilion will enter the its ‘Oculus’ for a short 360-degree seated virtual immersive experience. The Oculus will also showcase audio-visual projections on the walls of the room.

Following the completion of the virtual tour, visitors will go to the ‘Garden’, a space decorated using fragrant potted and hanging plants, designed as a square within a square with an open roof and roofed internal perimeter that will bring to life both the European cloister and the Arab garden.

Speaking about the pavilion, the Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE and Ireland’s commissioner general at Expo 2020 Dubai, Aidan Cronin, said: “Ireland’s story is an inspirational one and Expo 2020 is an opportunity to tell that story to a large, truly global audience.

“Our pavilion will showcase Irish history, science, technology, business, and culture.”

“The re-creation of the Newgrange lightbox will be a highlight of our pavilion, when visitors will get a chance to experience one of the wonders of Irish innovation and creative thinking, dating back some 5,000 years,” Cronin added.

Ireland’s pavilion will feature permanent exhibitions, artistic performances, seminars, and will be show a daily ‘Be Inspired’ programme spread across four thematic quadrants, including The Irish Fantastic; The Irish Scientific; Irish World Changers and Trailblasers; and Global Ireland

According to the team behind the pavilion’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, each quadrant will comprise one event, performances, talks, workshops, and activities. 

Ireland will announce the full programme closer to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Cronin added that “a lot of work” was yet to be done for the pavilion.

According to information published on the website dedicated to Ireland's partcipation at Expo 2020 Dubaoi, the Irish pavilion is designed and facilitated by the Office of Public Works (OPW).

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