(ANSA) - Milan, January 14 - The United Arab Emirates on
Tuesday presented their Milan Expo 2015 pavilion, which is being
designed by avant-garde British architectural firm Foster +
Partners following the concept of techno-sustainability.
Called Food for Thought, the pavilion on a
4,000-square-meter lot will feature 12-meter-high,
140-meter-long, curving parallel sand walls, a cylindrical
rotating auditorium immersing the public in a 360-degree video
projection, and a three-floor ''oasis'' with vegetable gardens,
a café, a restaurant, and a panoramic terrace, where visitors
can experience Arab cuisine.
Built following sustainability principles such as rainwater
recovery, recycled materials, and solar panels, the pavilion
demonstrating the relationship between water, food, and energy
will be taken apart and rebuilt in its home country after the
It is also a working demonstration of Masdar City, an
entirely sustainable, clean-energy enclave delivering the
highest quality living and working environment with the lowest
possible ecological footprint, which architect Norman Foster's
firm is building in Abu Dhabi.
"It will be an experience they won't forget," UAE Expo 2015
General Commissioner Salem al-Ameri said.
"This is a key partnership for us" ahead of the 2020 Expo
in Dubai, added Italian Expo Commissioner Giuseppe Sala.
"The UAE pavilion confirms the emirates will take center
stage in Milan. We are highly satisfied with the commitment
being shown ahead of our world's fair," commented Expo 2015
Under-Secretary Maurizio Martina.