Thailand's flower-inspired pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai breaks ground

Thailand's flower-inspired pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai breaks ground
Published: 29 April 2019 - 9:03 a.m.
By: Michael Hasenstab

Thailand's pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai has broken ground, making it the first East Asian country to begin construction of its pavilion.

Located in Expo 2020's Mobility District, with a plot size of 3,606m2, the pavilion aims to be in alliance with the sustainability focus of the international event and reduce its environmental impact. In doing so, the pavilion's construction and design intends to use a minimal amount of power and energy.

Specially designed features and solar orientation will maximise the natural shading of the pavilion, which will be built using software that combines value engineering with sustainable materials.

To fight against warm temperatures, the pavilion was designed to feature two layers: the first is a delicately woven flower facade, which will also change colours to draw attention. The second layer is a heat insulated skin that will manage the pavilion's micro-climate.

The flower facade is inspired by the 'Dok Rak', a Thai flower that represents warm greetings and ongoing development, as well as endless mobility.

Moreover, the pavilion has been designed in an arc shape, which will offer shade to the Gathering Plaza area, where many visitors will rest.

Thailand's pavilion also aims to use locally sourced, recyclable materials including concrete, steel and aluminium rather than import materials from its outside.

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