World Expo 2020’s ‘Coolest’ Pavilion Reproduces Jamaica’s Ethics as a Logistics Hub Connecting the Americas to the World
By Akanksha Dean
Jamaica is in the spotlight and showcases its latest inventions and products at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. With the theme “Jamaica Moves”, its pavilion suggests that whether it is music, food or sport, Jamaica travels and connects the world.
The pavilion has seven zones, which will allow visitors to experience the visions, resonances and palaces of Jamaica, how Jamaica moves the world and serves as a logistical connection.
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The Pavilion has a live music studio that brings together some of Jamaica’s most iconic musicians, artists and producers; where people can listen to Jamaican music, generate their own playlist, and grab a feel for the bustling island while savoring authentic and conventional dishes from some of Jamaica’s top chefs using distinct combinations of herbs and spices .
The additional distinctive highlight is a navigation application, to access the simulated tour and discover Jamaica as a tourist destination.
Jamaican architect Gordon Gill hoists the country’s flag
Behind all the beauty and magnificence of the incredible venue of Expo 2020 Dubai lie the brilliant minds led by Adrian Smith and Jamaican Gordon Gill.
Gordon and Adrian definitely shaken things up at Al Wasl Plaza in Dubai and let the world feast their eyes on this exquisite venue!
It is a brilliant achievement that undoubtedly hoists the country’s flag very high and onto the world stage !! Its substantial participation in this World’s Fair proves that “Jamaica makes a difference” and is the beating heart of the world.
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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture are based in Chicago and were responsible for the master plan of the exhibition as well as the architectural design of the Al Wasl Plaza with five buildings – two hotels, three office buildings and the trellis. The Trellis is the world’s largest immersive projection experience.
Al Wasl Plaza, the dominant attraction designed by AS + GG, features an expansive garden and presentation setting bordered by five office and hotel buildings. The square is sheltered by a trellis 425 feet wide by 220 feet high which is the largest sphere-shaped media stage in the world.
In the evening, the centerpiece converts the daylight park into an immersive, animated 360-degree experience that enables group experiences, while creating an iconic distinctiveness that is quickly identifiable around the world.
The space can be arranged to fit large shows and events, as well as shaped to create a sense of familiarity for calm weather operations.
The World Expo is expected to attract 25 million visits over a 6-month period.
(Akanksha Dean is a freelance Indian chef and food and travel writer, who trained at Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy, ranked World’s Best Restaurant in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, in 2016 and 2018 )