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Qatar's National Pavilion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Wednesday 27 Jun 2012

Leading the way to green design

Images: Sherolin Santos 
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Grimshaw' Qatar Pavilion opens at Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development 

Qatar’s National Pavilion at the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro has opened. Designed by the Industrial Design Unit of Grimshaw’s New York office, the pavilion is a sustainable, lightweight structure that is inspired by Qatar’s rich cultural history and looks to the nation’s future. It will display exhibits based on three themes: Building for the Future; Preserving the Part; and Leaders of Tomorrow.

Constructed of contemporary materials that were procured and assembled locally the pavilion is designed to be easily assembled and deployed at a later day with minimal footings and foundations, hence it is a wholly sustainable structure from cradle to grave. The pavilion’s roof design takes it cue from the majestic wingspan of a soaring falcon and its membranes allow for light transmission reducing the need for artificial lighting while openings in its walls encourage natural ventilation.

Much of the systems, furniture and other infrastructure was rented from local vendors or constructed by local artisans and all the raw and finished materials for the building envelope were procured locally in Brazil. When the conference closes the pavilion will be disassembled and stored for future use elsewhere in the country.

Rio+20 is a United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP) in the Office of the Heir Apparent embarked on the project to present Qatar’s vision for innovative green growth and development at the global conference.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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