The ninth biggest economy in the world, Brazil, has confirmed its sustainability-focused pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will feature a walkable “water blade”.
The 4,000m² pavilion will sit on a shallow water blade and is designed to resemble a stilt home that is commonly found along the banks of the Amazon River. At night, the illuminated structure will resemble a floating cube.
A country that is often under the scanner for the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, the largest tropical rainforest in the world, Brazil will use its pavilion to encourage debate around biodiversity, environmental protectionism, and business competitiveness.
Architects from three studios, JPG.ARQ, MMBB, and Ben-Avid, designed the pavilion that will be operated by the country's trade and export agency, Apex-Brasil.
Expo 2020 Dubai said Brazil was “the latest country” to reveal the design and theme of its pavilion, adding that more countries would announce their respective plans in the coming months.
Earlier this month, the Netherlands unveiled its design for the expo. It boasts a biotope that generates water, renewable energy, and grows organic mushrooms. Vegetables produced by the pavilion will be used to harvest carbon dioxide and purify the air.
Meanwhile, the US Pavilion, which was announced in November, will focus on the theme of mobility by showcasing a simulation ride for Hyperloop One, the disruptive transport network that can travel at speeds of up to 1,200km/h.
Construction for many of the country pavilions will begin during 2019.