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Australian Pavilion

A piece of the Australian Landscape in Dubai.

Q&A

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.

Details

Typology
Public
Commission
Open competition
Disciplines
Architecture
Location
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Status
Completed, 2021
Client
Commonwealth of Australia, Represented by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Details
Public Pavilion / 2568 m² GFA
Collaborators
UAP
Consultants
Arterial, DotDash, TCL, Aecom, Blight Tanner, Robert Bird Group, Point of View, McKenzie Group, FSDA
Contractor
ASI
Images
Phil Handforth
Project Contact