Have you been to the Expo 2020 site yet? If you still haven’t, you only got a few days left.
Dubbed the world’s greatest show, Expo 2020 is scheduled to end its six-month run on 31 March. You surely wouldn’t want to miss one of the grandest exhibits in the world that only takes place every five years now, would you?
There is so much to see and so much to do in Expo 2020. But the highlight of this event is the stunning array of pavilions on display. With 192 participating countries, you can expect the best designs, features, and experiences all in one place.
In this blog, we rounded up our five must-visit pavilions. Mind you, narrowing the list was no easy feat as choosing only five meant dropping some of our favorites, and, boy, were there many of them. So, in no particular, here goes!
One of the most cutting-edge pavilions on-site, Japan features an intricate display of origami shapes, combining arabesque and Japanese patterns. Inside, visitors are transported to a wonderful mix of culture, history, and technology. Speaking of technology, you can take a virtual tour of the pavilion using robots if you’re elsewhere around the world.
Heard of the poem pavilion? This is the one. The UK’s unique megaphone-like structure is able to craft rhythmic verses in English, Arabic, Chinese, and French. How is it able to do this? Visitors are invited to share a word. These collections of words are then spun into verses by Artificial Intelligence to form a digital message that appears on its facade made up of protruding slats.
It’s hard not to notice the shape of the UAE pavilion: a falcon in flight. It’s more than just a sight to behold. Its shape pays homage to the host country’s history and its impressive progress. Spanning 15,000 square meters, this symbolic architectural masterpiece features 28 floating wings which shelter the solar panels where it draws power from.
There is beauty in simplicity and Finland is a prime example of that. Instead of all the bells and whistles, the Finnish Pavilion stuck with its deep connection with nature using a simple yet elegant box-like structure that resembles an Arabic tent made of snow. Its entrance is no less special and its ‘Wooden Heart’ is a much-needed respite if you ask us.
With over 80,000 plants from 170 different varieties, the oasis that is the pavilion of Singapore is every green thumb’s haven. So much so that touring this lush oasis is more of a walkthrough in a rainforest than an exhibit. It comes complete with walkways, hanging gardens, and a sunken auditorium. Architecture, technology, and nature come together in this multi-layered greenhouse with sustainability at its core. It is, after all, a self-sufficient ecosystem.