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Star names chosen for Expo 2020 pavilions

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Foster + Partners, BIG and Grimshaw have revealed the designs for the three pavilions at the Expo 2020 in Dubai 

The three practices saw off competition from thirteen other unnamed firms to win the high-profile contest.

The centrepiece pavilions will be themed around opportunity, mobility, and sustainability and each is being designed by one of the three winning firms.

The three pavilions will sit within the 2km2 Expo site surrounding its main meeting plaza and are planned to showcase the latest ideas, innovations and developments.

The pavilions 

Opportunity pavilion by BIG 

Expo 2020

Expo 2020

Opportunity pavilion by BIG

Mobility pavilion by Foster + Partners

Expo 2020

Expo 2020

Mobility pavilion by Foster + Partners

Sustainability pavilion by Grimshaw

Expo 2020

Expo 2020

Sustainability pavilion by Grimshaw

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo Higher Committee and chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Airline, commented: ‘The competition attracted a truly stellar line up of architectural firms that each put forward designs that impressed all those involved in the selection process. After careful study and consideration, three designs stood out, amidst tough competition, as great future structures that will mark our Expo as exceptional.’ 

He added: ‘Expo 2020 will be a festival of human ingenuity. We hope that the nations and organisations that take part in Expo, and the millions who visit, will explore the power of connections across the spheres of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. Our theme pavilions will play a central role in bringing this to life.’ 

The pavilions are planned to stay in place once the Expo is complete in 2021.

The six-month long Expo is expected to attract 25 million visitors and will run from October 2020 to April 2021.

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