Azerbaijan reveals nature-inspired pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai
Azerbaijan has unveiled its country pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, featuring a curved structure and inspired by two elements of nature: the tree and the leaf.
Designed by Italian firm Simmetrico, who also designed Azerbaijan's 2015 country pavilion for Expo Milan, the pavilion offers a place for visitors to “reflect on major issues related to sustainable development”.
Occupyinf a 2,086 square metre plot, the project is supported by the Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in Baku, which houses a conference hall (auditorium), a gallery hall and a museum.
The theme of the pavilion is ‘Seeds for the Future’, “conveying the message that it is only by investing in the future – today – that people can truly achieve sustainable development and improve the places in which they live and work.”
The pavilion has already broken ground, with a ceremony held at the plot at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
“Visitors to our pavilion will be made aware of their own power to have an impact on the environment and on social ecosystems,” said Anar Alakbarov, assistant to the first-vice president and director of the Heydar Aliyev Center. “The pavilion will be light-filled, transparent and welcoming, coming to life with events and opportunities to meet.”
Expo 2020 Dubai will run from 20 October, 2020 to 10 April, 2021 and expects to record 25 million visits, with 70 per cent of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE – the highest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of World Expos.
A total of 190 nations have confirmed their participation in Expo 2020.