Density as opportunity. Pavilion of Bahrain at EXPO 2020 in Dubai, UAE.
Focusing on density as an enabler of opportunities. Exploring how Bahrain’s geography has defined its development. With limited land available, Bahrain has always evolved, encouraging trade, entrepreneurship and innovation – some of its main strengths.
Bahrain – Quick facts:
- Cultural heritage. Bahrain has three registered UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Spring water. Bahrain derives its name from the springs of sweet water that spill into the sea, giving a special lustre to Bahrain’s pearls.
- Population density. Bahrain ranks high on the list of most dense countries, with approximately 2,052 inhabitants per square kilometre.
- Bahrain is home to a rich pearl diving culture. For centuries, Bahrain was the Arabian Gulf’s pearling capital, with the active and prosperous city of Muharraq serving as a base for the largest number of pearl divers and fleet of pearling vessels. Occupying nearly 35,000 hectares and populated by over a billion oysters, Bahrain’s oyster beds are also home to diverse marine species such as corals, anemones, sea stars and fish.
In the Bahrain Pavilion:
- Discover unique and groundbreaking architecture. Visitors will experience a pavilion with a unique and groundbreaking design and structure. It will feature 126 columns, 11cm in diameter and 24m high, that will join at several points and bring to mind weaving needles, through which density is experienced.
- Live weaving. Live weaving stations will take visitors on a journey of craft, where they will experience different weaving from loom-weaving to intricate traditional embroidery including naqda, kurar, and palm weaving.
- Crafts and technology. Physical and interactive displays will give visitors a first-hand look at innovative technologies used in the manufacture of carbon fiber and fiber-glass – woven composite materials used in a number of industries including automotive and construction.
- Taste traditional Bahraini food with a twist. Three renowned and award-winning Bahraini chefs will come together to create a menu of revisited traditional Bahraini food. The menu will include small sampling plates that will allow visitors to share and experience new flavours and tastes.
- An underground laboratory of innovation. The pavilion’s main area is an underground open plan space of experience and innovation. The unique architecture and multiple live weaving stations will enjoy constant activity, akin to a laboratory of innovation and multiple experiences.
EXPO 2020 Dubai – Bahrain Pavilion
Architect: Christian Kerez
∇ Location: view on Google Maps (Opportunity District)
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2 thoughts on “Around the world in 182 days: Bahrain”
What an unusual structure and great art work too.
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It was very impressive!
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