A piece of the Australian Landscape in Dubai.
What is the concept behind the Australian Pavilion, EXPO 2020 Dubai?
Our design concept is that ‘a piece of Australia’ has been brought to Dubai as a gesture of goodwill and participation for World Expo 2020. Its predominant form is the digital sampling of a cumulus cloud, a natural phenomenon that is mobile across all Australian landscapes and is indeed evident across the world. The cumulus cloud is agile and ever changing and is a sign of clear weather and expansiveness. As an architectural form in Dubai, it creates a canopy for shade and gathering, welcoming all visitors from all nations to our place.
How does a cloud-like form manifest, physically in the Pavilion canopy?
The cloud canopy is represented as a tectonic form, made up of a series of elements that combine to create an abstraction of the cloud as a large, strong and beautiful shape. Vertical, powder-coated aluminium blades in varying lengths are fitted at different heights to create the appearance of a single billowing form. The ever-changing sky and light quality bring a shifting play of light and shadow reflected across the form. As a cohesive form derived from many individual parts, the cloud symbolises the strength we draw from a society that is socially, culturally and intellectually mobile.
2022 AIA International Chapter Commendation
2022 World Architecture Festival Shortlist
Completed Buildings – Display
2022 Good Design Awards
Gold award winner
2022 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards Finalist