WOHA designs the Singapore Pavilion for the 2020 World Expo in Dubai
Singapore-based architecture firm WOHA has been appointed to design the Singapore Pavilion for the 2020 World Expo, held in Dubai. The Singapore Pavilion is led by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore’s land use planning and conservation agency and produced by Radius Experiential International.
Located in the Expo’s Sustainability District, the Pavilion is inspired by its theme of Nature. Nurture. Future., showcasing Singapore’s innovations and aspirations as a resilient, liveable city in nature. It operates entirely on solar energy and solar desalination systems and is net-zero in energy over the six-month World Expo period.
“With our design, we aim to show that it is possible to build a self-sufficient green oasis anywhere in the world, even in the desert. Planting more trees and creating more green spaces is the best way to take immediate action against climate change — recent studies show it to be the most effective, cost-efficient and broadly available solution to combat global warming and it can be done now, anywhere. Singapore has been exploring many ways to become one of the greenest places in the world and we hope to share this knowledge and innovation at the World EXPO,” says Wong Mun Summ, co-founding director of WOHA.
The landscaped Garden Cones are thematic volumes with sensory and multimedia displays that engulf the visitors in a refreshing experience. A meandering canopy walk brings visitors around and through the cones, emerging to an open sky market platform. Sheltered by the solar canopy and cooled with fine mist fans, visitors learn more about Singapore’s DNA from the array of exhibits and programmes. Despite the heat of the desert, the visitors’ journey is made comfortable by the combination of shade, evapo-transpiration cooling of the vegetation adn fine mist fans that cool the air by 5–10 degrees Celsius.