Metaform Ar­chi­tects opens sub­sidiary in Dubai

Design Middle East - - Newsmakers -

The Lux­em­bour­gish ar­chi­tec­ture firm Metaform an­nounced the open­ing of its first sub­sidiary in Dubai (UAE). The of­fice, which is lo­cated in the Boule­vard Plaza Tower 1, Down­town Dubai, will fo­cus on the project re­al­i­sa­tion of the Lux­em­bour­gish pavil­ion for the forth­com­ing World Expo that will take place in 2020. The new sub­sidiary will be re­spon­si­ble for han­dling the daily busi­ness con­cern­ing the Expo 2020 project and will pro­mote Metaform’s ar­chi­tec­ture in the Mid­dle East.

In 2017, Metaform won the com­pe­ti­tion for the pavil­ion out of 19 sub­mit­ted de­signs, pre­vail­ing against es­tab­lished ar­chi­tec­ture of­fices. The com­pe­ti­tion was called into be­ing by the GIE (groupe­ment d’in­térêt économique), con­sist­ing of se­lected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Lux­em­bour­gish Min­istry of Econ­omy, Cham­bre de Com­merce, Bâ­ti­ments Publics, SES As­tra and Post Lux­em­bourg.

The theme des­ig­nated for the Lux­em­bourg pavil­ion at Expo 2020 Dubai is “Op­por­tu­nity”. It re­flects the his­tory of Lux­em­bourg, its present and fu­ture. The pro­posed pavil­ion is like the coun­try: small and am­bi­tious, in­trigu­ing and re­as­sur­ing, and above all gen­er­ous and open.

For the fes­tive inau­gu­ra­tion of the new of­fice, nu­mer­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Lux­em­bourg and the Mid­dle East were present. The Lux­em­bour­gish Min­is­ter of Econ­omy Eti­enne Sch­nei­der as well as the gen­eral com­mis­sioner of Expo 2020 Maggy Nagel at­tended the event that took place on Fe­bru­ary 11, 2018, at the Burj Khal­ifa.

Metaform is go­ing to build the Lux­em­bourg pav­il­lion for the forth­com­ing Expo 2020

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