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Philippines unveils Dubai Expo 2020 pavilion design

DUBAI, June 16, 2019

The Philippines has unveiled the design of its country pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai event that will reinterpret the country’s history and showcase its natural beauty within a 3,000-sq-m coral reef-themed facility.

The unveiling of the Filipino pavilion design was timed in such a way as to to mark the country's Independence Day on June 12.

According to senior government officials linked to the project, the 3,000-sq-m Philippine pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will reinterpret the country’s history, going beyond the period of colonisation and showcasing its natural beauty and people.

The overall artistic direction and theme development for the project is the responsibility of Budji+Royal Architecture+Design, while the original content is by Marian Roces & Digital Content Creators with foccus on film and exhibit installations, literature, history, and music. The gastronomy section will be handled by Artisanal Café and the crafts by Go Lokal.

"The pavilion’s undulating walls recall the shape of bangkóta or coral reefs. They are permeable, made of netting, to represent the idea of connectivity," stated Royal Pineda, the principal architect and CEO of Budji +Royal Architecture Design.

There are total eight areas of the pavilion which are of significant interest. These are:

*Area 1 – Nature is peace: Experience the tropical forest

*Area 2 – Man is Nature: How Philippine history evolved and lived in harmony with nature

*Area 3 – Variety of the World: Many cultural traits, one identity, connected all over the world

*Area 4 – The making of Bangkóta: Origin stories of the pieces and installations

*Area 5 – Go Lokal! Marahuyo: Store selling items made exclusively for Expo 2020

*Area 6 – The Ramp: The end of the exhibit; a moment for reflection and enjoyment of the garden on the roof deck

*Area 7 – The Plaza: Filipino culture through performance

*Area 8 – Artisanal Café: Eat with your hands in a pristine environment of mangrove trees

According to Paneda, the total outdoor area is 1,268 sq m and the winding path, 385 sq m, while the total landscaped area, including water features, comes to 676 sq m.

"The idea of the overall space is for an individual to embark on a journey of discovery and let its natural, unstructured shape lead you to stops exhibiting the nature of the Philippines and introducing precepts like Nature is Peace, Man is Nature, and Variety of the World. This relates to the journey inside the pavilion," explained Pineda.

The sheer verticality of the permeable netting shelters visitors from morning and afternoon sun; the only time direct sunlight hits the pavilion grounds is when the sun is overhead, stated the top architect.

"It operates and highlights the beauty of the sun and cross-ventilation. It is an outdoor experience, making the pavilion accessible and operational without the need for power," he noted.

“The outdoor exhibits are meant to organically evolve. Envisioned as a public space, almost like a park, the exhibit is intended to operate organically with nature," explained Paneda.

"Bangkóta is a living coral reef, pulsating with people, movement, activities, flora and water features, all functioning as one global ecosystem," he stated.

"The visitor plays an active role as he/she creates the narrative sequence by freely navigating the interiors. These spaces are designed to elicit thought and participation," said Paneda.

They offer varying levels of immersive experiences through film installations. The visitor becomes part of the story, where digital video production technology and interactive art forms cinematically surround the environment, he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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