Credit: Foster + Partners and UAE Expo 2015

  • Credit: Foster + Partners and UAE Expo 2015

London-based Foster + Partners released their design for the 2015 Milan Expo United Arab Emirates pavilion.

“The design reflects our investigations into the form of ancient cities and our appreciation for the desert landscape,” said Norman Foster, the firm’s chairman and founder, in a press release. “It also maximizes the opportunities presented by the elongated site – the dramatic canyon-like entrance will welcome people inside, and the channels between the high walls provide intuitive circulation, naturally leading visitors to the auditorium, exhibition and restaurant spaces.”

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