Only nine months ahead of the inauguration of Expo 2020 Dubai, the first of the Universal Expo’s three thematic pavilions has been unveiled.
Through the Pavilions Premiere initiative, Terra, also called the Sustainability Pavilion, will open to the public from 22 January to 10 April. It will be followed by Alif (Mobility) and Mission Possible (Opportunity).
The tour through the Terra Pavilion will be an immersive journey into the marvels of the world of Nature, with an interactive walk through the rootwork of a forest: the "wood-wide-web".
Thanks to this experience, visitors will be helped to understand the negative impact that some of our daily behaviours have on the environment, thus encouraging them to become the agents of a positive change.
The structure, designed by Grimshaw Architects, will represent a post-Expo legacy and shall host a scientific laboratory aimed at inspiring future generations to make sustainable choices.
The Pavilion itself is an example of sustainable architecture. Built to have net-zero impact both in terms of energy and water consumption, it is fitted with 1,055 photovoltaic panels laid out on a 130-metre-wide covering place on top of a series of “energy trees”: they can generate 4GWh/year of energy from alternative sources, which is sufficient to charge more than 900,000 cell phones.
Innovative irrigation techniques, including a system to reuse grey waters, aim to reduce water consumption by 75%.
Inside Terra, visitors will discover innovative projects from all over the world providing concrete solutions to help conserve our planet for future generations.