Spanish-Swiss architect and engineer, Dr.Santiago Calatrava has unveiled Qatar’s national pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai inspired by Qatar’s national emblem. Combining sculptural form with structural ingenuity, the coinciding pair of buildings showcases sweeping geometric forms.
Located within the Sustainability district, the pavilion occupies approximately 620 square metres and cladded in 100% recyclable solid surface composite material. The larger sweeping structure rises to 15 metres in height and is meant to represent the traditional dhow, found in the region, while the adjacent gold monument rises up to 20 metres in height, echoing the palm trees on Qatar’s coat of arms. The pavilion is surrounded by reflecting pools that represent the Arabian Gulf which encompasses the nation of Qatar.
“The Qatar Pavilion pays tribute to the coat of arms of Qatar and captures the country’s tradition, successful present and promising future. We are thrilled to announce its completion and unveil it to the public,” said Santiago Calatrava.
Once inside, the visitors are greeted with two main galleries and exhibition spaces, which provide an immersive experience, informing them of Qatar’s past, present and the future.
Delivered in 5 months, the project applied an integrated design and accelerated construction strategy for the Qatar Pavilion that followed non-linear, non-traditional design methodology. The architects hope that this project will establish itself as a benchmark in efficient design and expeditious construction scheduling.
Born in the Spanish City of Valencia, Santiago Calatrava is an architect, civil engineer, painter and sculptor. After completing his studies in Civil Engineering at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, he opened his first office in Zurich in 1981, where he still maintains his firm’s headquarters. He also has offices in New York and Dubai. His most recent projects include the Cosenza Bridge in Italy, World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York, the record-breaking Dubai Tower and the UAE Pavilion for the Expo 2020 in Dubai, a new commercial office building at the Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich, which will include parking for 1,000 bicycles.