ARCHITECTURE AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI | KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA PAVILION

Exterior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Suneesh Sudhakaran/Expo 2020 Dubai)

Expo 2020 is a host to some of the most exciting country pavilions marked by unique and stellar architecture representing each nation’s legacy and vision of the future.

Architect: Boris Micka Associates
Location: Opportunity District
Size: 13,000 square meters (equals the size of two football pitches).
Highlights: A massive LED mirror screen at its façade equipped with around 8,000 LED lights and a 32-meterlong interactive water feature. The six-story tall structure features a majestic art installation comprised of 2,030 sparkling crystals.
Sustainability: The pavilion is LEED Platinum Certified.

Exterior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Suneesh Sudhakaran/Expo 2020 Dubai)
Exterior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Suneesh Sudhakaran/Expo 2020 Dubai)

The Saudi pavilion building was designed in cooperation with Boris Micka Associates. The state-of-the-art Pavilion fuses architecture with digital technology. It received the LEED Platinum Certification – the highest internationally-recognised sustainability rating. This places the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Pavilion among the most sustainable buildings in the world. Among its features are 650 solar panels, all manufactured in the Kingdom.

Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Suneesh Sudhakaran/Expo 2020 Dubai)
Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Suneesh Sudhakaran/Expo 2020 Dubai)

The Pavilion was recognised by Guinness World Record for its ground-breaking achievements such as the largest interactive lighting floor with around 7,798 LED lights, the longest interactive water feature at 32m, and the largest LED mirror screen display at 1,302 sq.m.

The highlight of the exhibition is the ‘Vision’ space, which takes visitors on an immersive journey through the Kingdom’s past, present, and future. A floating virtual sphere almost 30m in diameter, this colossal art installation was brought to life by a collective of Saudi artists. In the ‘Discovery Center’, visitors explore Saudi’s economy and investment, arts and culture, nature, energy, and much more.

Visitors at the Saudi Arabia Pavilion. Expo 2020 Dubai
Visitors at the Saudi Arabia Pavilion. Expo 2020 Dubai

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