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 square metre coral reef-themed facility.

The 3,000 square metre 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.

Royal Pineda, the principal architect and CEO of Budji+Royal Architecture Design said, “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.”

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

The total outdoor area is1,268 square metre and the winding path, 385 square metre, while the total landscaped area, including water features, comes to 676 square metre.

Pineda explained, “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.”

The top architect stated that 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.

He noted, “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 added, “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. Bangkóta is a living coral reef, pulsating with people, movement, activities, flora and water features, all functioning as one global ecosystem. 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.”

He added that 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.

Source:Trade Arabia

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