An architectural expo will grow in Dubai, including a firm from Denver

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The last expo showcasing architects from around the world ran into some financial problems, but there is hope that things work out this time for Pavilion 2020 USA in Dubai. The theme is “What Moves You.”

The architects involved in the expo have been announced, and at least one firm hails from Denver: Fentress Architects will design a circular building for the United States pavilion,that gives the sense of movement (with a ride on Virgin Hyperloop One as part of the project). According to the Architectural Record article, the budget for the pavilion is some $60 million. (The link is below.) The American pavilion is being funded privately by a huge consortium of entities, with the OK from the State Department.

I cannot find a full list of all the architects selected to design other nations’ pavilions, but the first link on Google leads to a collection of images showing renderings from other firms. Another American firm involved is Chicago’s Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, which is designing a dome more than 200 feet high. That’s no surprise, since the team of Smith and Gill is known for designing soaring skyscrapers, such as Burj Khalifa.

The second Google link brings up the press release for the U.S. pavilion.




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