The UAE Pavilion at its final destination spot on Saadiyat Island. Image: TDIC.

Designed by Norman Foster, the impressive structure of the UAE Pavilion is the second building after the Manarat Al Saadiyat exhibition hall opening on Saadiyat Island as part of Abu Dhabi’s future Cultural District. It has an exhibition space and a performance hall. The design drew inspiration from sand dunes. Originally it was conceived for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, before being transferred to Saadiyat Island. The Pavilion is adjacent to the Manarat Al Saadiyat, and they share several activities; for instance the Abu Dhabi Art fair takes place in both. As can be seen on a picture below, in the future the curved roof of the Pavilion will be an impressive pair with the structures pointing into the sky of Foster’s design for the Sheikh Zayed Museum. Like this future main museum and Masdar City, also designed by Foster and Partners, the Pavilion experiments with sustainable design, intending to have as much ‘natural’ air-conditioning as possible.

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The UAE Pavilion designed by Norman Foster as it stood at the Shanghai Expo 2010. Image from the TDIC website.

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Artist’s impression of the Pavillion with the in the distance the future Sheikh Zayed Museum. Image: TDIC.

Written by: Neil Last modified: 16th Nov 2012
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