DENVER — Fentress Architects has been selected to design the U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai as a consortium partner with Big Things Group, a world leader in building, funding, and operating major expositions and public diplomacy events. The yet-to-be-revealed project builds on Fentress’ experience in the region where the “Dancing Sisters” mixed-use towers opened in 2012. The third-largest global event after the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to draw more than 25 million visitors from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021.
Dubai was selected to host the 2020 World Expo in 2013. Exhibitions are designed to showcase the achievements – including technology, innovation and design – of nations around the world. According to a release, the Expo’s overarching theme is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” with sub-themes focusing on Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. Pavilion USA 2020’s winning design plans for the USA Pavilion were based on the theme “What Moves You” and will feature highlights of American culture, leading technological revolutions in mobility, and much more.
Fentress Architects has also designed some other large-scale Colorado projects including Denver International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Stadium, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
“Working across the U.S. has given Fentress Architects diverse perspective on the attributes and attitudes that Americans share. We will coalesce these characteristics into a single architectural expression at Expo 2020 Dubai, representing the entirety of the U.S. and its design prowess to an international audience,” said Curtis Fentress, principal in charge of design at Fentress Architects.
Rendering courtesy of Fentress Architects