Gallery: Foster + Partner’s Sand Dune-Inspired UAE Pavilion


A golden sand dune-inspired structure begins to take shape as Foster + Partners recently broke ground upon their UAE pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. A showcase of passive environmental design, the pavilion creates a symbolic reference with the desert landscape over which each of the seven emirates presides. As if modeled by prevailing winds, the pavilion mimics the duality between the rough and smooth sides of a sand dune while making the most of its site. The northern façade allows natural light to filter through its porous structure, while the southern façade is enclosed to minimize heat infiltration during the exhibit.

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1 Comment

  1. petevan April 6, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks this thing looks suspiciously less like a sand dune and more like a… huge… … anyone…? Maybe I’m just perverse.

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