Expo 2020 Dubai's Philippines Pavilion marks 50% construction progress

EXCLUSIVE: Royal Pineda, theme director, says the team is "blessed with time" due to the year-long postponement

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The Philippines Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai has marked 50% construction completion on the structure, theme director of the pavilion, Architect Royal Pineda told Construction Week in an interview. Pineda is also the principal architect and chief executive officer of BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design, the architects responsible for the pavilion.

Speaking about the construction progress on the structure, Pineda told Construction Week: "Seeing the initial concept shape up into a structure serves as the fuel that drives me as an architect. 50% is a major milestone for us. Work is progressing smoothly."

Noting that the year-long postponement of the event has proved to be an opportunity for country pavilions to "work it out and present their country in an improved manner by 2021," Pineda underlined that the Philippines Pavilion as well has been "blessed with time". 

The World Expo recently announced that it will now run from 1 October, 2021 to 31 March, 2022, and has been delayed owing to the implications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The change in dates was announced after a two-thirds majority of the Bureau International des Expositions’ (BIE) member states voted in favour of postponing the World Expo by a year.

The Philipines Pavilion is being designed to resemble a coral reef or ‘Bangkóta’.

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