Daily Dose: Sand Dune Pavilion

Add to TwitterFoster + Partners’ pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai may just be my favorite. The glowing hues, the sensuous curves of the exterior and the inspiration behind the building’s design combined are innovative and inviting.

UAE Pavilion; Image courtesy of inhabitat.com

The United Arab Emirates, UAE, is represented by this landscape-like creation. The building was inspired by the shape and colors of a sand dune and is nearly as mutable as its model. UAE’s pavilion can be easily deconstructed and rebuilt for future use (and I certainly hope this facility finds a permanent home after the Expo). To minimize energy use, the north façade lets in an abundance of natural light while the southerly wall is closed to minimize heat.

What do you think this building is best suited for after its use at the 2010 World Expo? My vote would be concert hall but for that low band down its center…

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Source:
http://inhabitat.com/2009/04/06/fosterpartners-sand-dune-inspired-uae-pavilion/

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