The Expo 2020 Pavilions Premiere will offer visitors an opportunity to be among the first to experience, until 10 April 2021, Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, iconic pavilion designed by UK-based Grimshaw Architects. It is meant to meet the highest available accreditation for sustainable architecture – LEED Platinum certification. Built to be net-zero for both energy and water, it features 1,055 photovoltaic panels arranged on a 130-metre-wide roof canopy and atop a series of ‘Energy Trees’. The pavilion also uses cutting-edge water-reduction strategies, water recycling and alternative water sources.
The Pavilions Premiere is a limited-time opportunity for the public to preview Expo 2020’s Thematic Pavilions and will provide a glimpse of what is to come when Expo 2020 Dubai – the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region – welcomes the world from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
While exploring Terra, visitors enjoy the unique surrounding public spaces which include a children’s playground, gift shop, dining and more. Terra (which means Planet Earth) will offer an immersive journey through the wonders of the natural world, including an interactive walk through the roots of the forest, where every footstep affects the ‘wood-wide-web’. Uncovering the hidden harmful impacts of our choices, the emotive experience is designed to encourage people of all ages, and the younger generation in particular, to consider how their behaviour impacts the environment and break the cycle of consumerism, empowering them to become agents of change. A playful, exploratory experience, Terra will remain in legacy as a Science Centre that will inspire sustainable choices for generations to come.
World Expos are platforms for collaboration, innovation and inspiration, and Expo 2020 will welcome more than 200 participants and millions of visitors, bringing the world together in a spirit of hope and optimism to help shape a better, more sustainable future for all.