Brazil pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai uses water as a symbol for sustainability
The Brazil pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai features a central square with a tensile structure immersed in water to reference the county’s rivers and mangroves.
The prominent use of water throughout the pavilion is used as a symbol for discussions centred on sustainability.
The pavilion itself comprises a centeal square that is covered in a thin layer of water, and enclosed by a tensile structure enveloped in a lightweight white fabric.
18.5 metres in height and 48 metres in width, the pavilion intersects with a dark walkway made of anti-slip black concrete that allows visitors to wander through the pavilion and immerse themselves in a sensory experience featuring projections, sounds, and scent.
The white fabric envelope showcases image projections of the country’s various landscapes.
Designed as a collaboration between three architecture firms including ben-avid, JPG.ARQ, and MMBB arquitetos, the pavilion’s immersive water feature and projections draw on the flood periods common across Brazil, where the rivers overflow their banks.
During the day the pavilion ensures the water is kept shaded and protected, while at night it transforms into a luminous floating cube.
Visitors are given the option to be fully immersed in the water, offering goldon boots that allows people to enter the water.
Away from the water feature on the ground floor – which is planned as the main visiting area – a cafe, restaurant, and shop are located on the dry parts of the square, while the first floor offers multipurpose room for lectures, debates, film shows, and smaller performances.
It was also recenly revealed that the Expo site is set to be completed ahead of schedule.