Denver, Colorado, USA
“Today we’re looking at an Expo that is related to mobility, movement, travel, sustainability things that are very important to the world today, states Curtis W. Fentress of Fentress Architects.
“We have designed this building to be circular in form with slants fashioned to project a sensation of movement, making the viewer feel like the building itself is in motion.”
“And then, once you enter the building, it opens up to what the United States stands for: We are an open, accessible country where you can live to create ideas. It showcases all the things we are doing in America: developing technology and concepts that are going to move us forward in the future.”
Designed by Curtis W. Fentress and Fentress Architects, along with Human Design and Thinkwell Group, the United States Pavilion is aimed to introduce visitors from all over the world to the leading role America plays in developing the future of global mobility, as well as to showcase the United States’ broad cultural and social diversity.
The pavilion also includes a replica SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The theme of the silver building draped in stars is “Life, Liberty and Pursuit of the Future,” John Rakolta, the U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, said at the ceremony.
The 3,300-square-meter (36,000-square-foot) pavilion will include a moving walkway featuring a “24-minute experience” of America with moon rocks, a Mars rover and Thomas Jefferson’s Quran.
The pavilion is to be circular in form, with “slants fashioned to project a sensation of movement, making the viewer feel like the building itself is in motion.”
The pavilion’s interior will showcase American innovation and technology, including the premiere of the Virgin Hyperloop One ride experience.
The six-month event will open in October 2021 following a one-year postponement because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the construction of the U.S. pavilion, the United States is on track to deliver a pavilion that celebrates innovation, creativity and freedom.
Project: Fentress Architects U.S. Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai
Architects: Fentress Architects
Communications Designs: Human Design
Exhibition Designers: Thinkwell Group
Clients: U.S. Department of State and Bureau of International Expositions (BIE)