The Foster + Partners architectural practice designed the United Arab Emirates pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo which will take place between May and October with 141 countries participating from all over the world.
The design of the pavilion tries to recreate the principles of a traditional desert city with self-shaded streets. The structure is temporary and will be dismantled after the event to be taken into the UAE where it will be rebuilt. With this idea in mind, the designers had to create a structure that will function in both of the climates which are quite different.
The pavilion will be close to the center of the expo and it will be accessed from the main circulation axis called the decumanus. From the entrance the visitors are introduced into a series of parallel weaves with twelve meter walls undulating to remind of the ridges of sand dunes.
There will be a personal tablet dispensed at the entrance for the visitors and it will permit the attendees to learn more about the country while getting to the large auditorium inside the site where there will be digital talks and multimedia shows.