Metaform Architects opens subsidiary in Dubai
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