Asif Khan, Dubai Expo 2020, Thomas Heatherwick

Design contest launches for UK Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

UK’s Department for International Trade has launched a design contest for the UK Pavilion at the upcoming World Expo in Dubai in 2020.

The USD2.38 million contest is open to any multidisciplinary team who will create a landmark structure showcasing UK innovation within the 15,000m2 expo site (pictured above), located near the city’s new airport, Dubai World Central.

The winning design will be based on the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’; it should harness groundbreaking digital technologies, and take UK’s track record of international pavilion successes further. In the past, the Shanghai 2010 pavilion by Thomas Heatherwick and the Milan 2015 pavilion by Wolfgang Buttress and BDP have won the ‘best in show’ prize. Well-known British architect Asif Khan‘s pavilion for the smaller Astana 2017 Expo also won a silver design award.

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