Prestazioni / Service:
Cliente / Customer: Foster&Partners
Localizzazione / Location: Rho fiere, Milan
Cronologia / History: Construction 2014 - Disassembly November 2015
Progetto Architettonico / Architectural project: Foster&Partners

United Arab Emirates Pavilion - Expo Milan 2015

The aim of the United Arab Emirates Pavilion was not just dazzling for its aspect: the Topic of Expo Milan 2015 was deemed crucial by the Country, since the 85% of food is imported and the water shortage is a constant challenge. To this purpose, a little bay between the dunes with 48 holographic installations divided into 24 cubes (each one visible from both sides) represents 12 challenges and just as many solutions. By way of example: in order to face the challenge of climate change, the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture is studying edible plants which resist to the peculiar saline conditions of the Emirates.

The dunes of the desert which characterized the facility of the United Arab Emirates pavilion attracted people from distance. The architect who designed the Pavilion is actually the illustrious Norman Foster of the homonymous British studio Foster&Partners. The archistar not only sought inspiration from the dunes of the desert: such dunes were photographed and reproduced in detail in a resin structure that keeps cool. The floor of the ramp towards the auditorium was slightly wavy, so that visitors feel like they were crossing the desert canyons of the Emirates.


In the scope of the intervention, it has taken on the following responsibilities and carried out the following activities:

  • Safety coordination during the design and execution stage
  • Fire safety project