Emirates Pavilion (2017)

Client: Pulse Group/Exploration Architecture
Architect: Exploration Architecture
Location: Dubai, UAE

Date: 2017-10-01 00:00:00 +0000 UTC
Tags: public, expo, long span, principle stress, toplogy optimisation

The competition winning design for the Emirates Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 was inspired by technical developments in aircraft topological optimisation and additive manufacturing.

Exploration Architecture and Format Engineers considered how the outer shell of the structure could be formed from a structure aligned along lines of principle stress on a continuous shell. Structural members are therefore placed in the optimal location to suit the flow of forces. This minimises the amount of material required and provides a striking visual aesthetic where the structure can be said to mimic many of the traits of strong forms in nature. The steel framed outer skin spans 40m by 20m on plan without internal support and cantilevers 20m at its apex.

The scheme is complimented with internal bridges and island pavilions which have also been inspired by the strength characteristics of natural plants and animal bones.