Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects, and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will design a trio of pavilions for Expo 2020 in Dubai. The three firms beat ten competitors in a global competition whose results were announced on March 12. The slideshow above depicts renderings of the winning pavilions.
The designs match three core themes of the expo: mobility, sustainability, and opportunity. They will form the centerpiece of the Expo, which is scheduled to take place in the port town of Jebel Ali from October 2020 through April 2021. London-based Foster + Partners designed the Mobility pavilion, a trefoil-shaped building encased by a glowing plaza. Grimshaw Architects, also based in London, won the commission for the Sustainability Pavilion, a group of dish-shaped structures that will hold a more long-term role as a technology center. BIG, based in Denmark and New York, submitted the winning design for the Opportunity Pavilion, a building whose arched underside will feature a planted courtyard.
The Dubai Expo will be the first World Expo held in the Middle East.