Dubai, UAE


EXPO 2020 Dubai

Design Partners

Grimshaw Architects

Buro Happold Engineering


86,000 SF


Under Construction – Completed 2020

About this Project

The project plan is to deliver an inspirational message about the natural world, ecology, and technology to a global audience. The design of the project draws inspiration from the natural environment and demonstrates the interconnectedness of nature and humans through the lens of water. This element – water – is made visible through the design of all aspects of the site: exhibits, architecture, landscape, and site utilities. Sherwood provided the design of water infrastructure and water reuse strategies to address many challenging aspects including: water shortages, flooding, aging infrastructure, and the urban heat island effect. The water narrative for the Sustainability Pavilion demonstrates how systems thinking can produce the most sustainable water approach for the site, a process that can be replicated in communities around the world. The strategies include reducing demand and treating stormwater and wastewater on-site to water quality standards suitable for reuse.