Video: Grimshaw’s Sustainability Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020 features ‘solar trees’

In early 2016, it was announced that London-based firm Grimshaw has been selected to design the Sustainability Pavilion, one of the three theme pavilions for Dubai Expo 2020.

Set to open in October 2020, the pavilion is a celebration of ecology with a core building that is crowned by an over-arching roof structure featuring large photovaltic panels that are designed to draw energy from the sun to power the site, as well as providing shade.

The central building includes 8,000m2 of exhibition space, an auditorium, a courtyard, and a reservoir.

The pavilion also includes a series of ‘solar trees’ that are designed to harvest water from the humid atmosphere.

The pavilion’s landscaping and walkways, which closely reference wadi riverbeds, meander around the performance spaces, while plants from the region are a key feature of the overall concept.

Grimshaw worked with Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist from NASA’s Langley Research Center for the design of the building. Read more about the project here. 

Grimshaw has also recently opened its Dubai office in d3, set to become its central hub for the Middle East region.