The UAE Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 by Foster + Partners


Enclosing 3,000 square metres of exhibition space, the UAE Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 inspired by the form of a sand dune and appears rough and textured on the side that bears the full force of the wind and smooth on the other side. Designed by Foster + Partners, the pavilion can accomodate 450 vistors.

Senior Partner, Gerard Evenden, said of the project: “The cities of the UAE rise from the desert and the pavilion will similarly emerge to form a natural counterpoint to Shanghai’s urban landscape. Like a sand dune, it is oriented to the direction of the wind and is a powerful example of an organic and highly effective passive environmental design.”



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