ENOC Group, the official integrated energy partner of Expo 2020, has marked the groundbreaking of its Expo pavilion, located near the UAE pavilion and between the Sustainability and Opportunity Districts.
Under the theme of ‘Reimagine Energy’, the pavilion will be split across five distinct pavilion structures or ‘houses’ inspired by traditional oil storage tanks drawing inspiration from ENOC’s heritage.
Collectively, these houses explore humankind’s relationship with energy from the beginning of time in an immersive, multi-format experience for visitors of all ages.
At a ceremony held at the Expo 2020 site, His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, group CEO of ENOC, officiated the groundbreaking of the ENOC pavilion in the presence of Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, executive director for Expo 2020 Dubai.
Al Falasi said: “‘Reimagine Energy’, as a theme, will guide all of ENOC’s activity at Expo 2020, including environmental design and build.
“Across every touchpoint, we will focus on using sustainable materials and leverage advanced technologies that reduce our ecological footprint.
“We are partnering with world-class experts to ensure our pavilion gives visitors an unforgettable experience and we will make sure this is done with sustainable design considerations in mind.”
Scheduled for completion in July 2020, the pavilion is to be executed by a team comprising Jack Morton as lead designer and project management consultant; Cundall as engineering consultant; ALEC as general contractor; and SRP as executive architect.
The pavilion will be built on steel foundations to minimise use of concrete, which will reduce excavation works and environmental impact across the supply chain and during construction as well as facilitate future legacy programmes.
The pavilion’s steel structures will be clad with curved aluminium sheets, featuring raw uncoated and powder coated smooth and perforated finishes.
Al-Ali said: “Expo 2020 will invite millions of visitors from around the world and inspire them to create a better future for our planet.
“ENOC, through its pavilion, will help them understand how the business of energy affects us all. With new insights into the opportunities open to us, we’re looking forward to sharing with the world how collaboration can shape the future of sustainable energy.”