US-based architect Gabriel Kozlowski has teamed up with Gringo Cardia, Bárbara Graeff, and Tripper Arquitetura to design a floating nest of tree branches for the Brazilian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which will open on 20 October 2020.
Featuring an inverted topography supported by rammed earth walls, the structure is intended to stand for the Brazilian biomes.
Drawing inspiration from the technological achievement of Brazil‘s Direct Planting System, the structure is designed to let visitors enjoy exhibition spaces, a restaurant, and the history of Brazil.
The design takes its inspiration from the masterpieces of Paulo Mendes da Rocha at Osaka in 1970 and Sérgio Bernardes at Brussels in 1958.
The structure explores the potential of laminated timber, which separates carbon rather than releases it, as well as rammed earth mixed with concrete to absorb heat.
It can produce its energy, recycle water, and also reuse air-conditioning by combining the air flowing through an open façade with the humidity of running water and the vegetation beneath.
The walls feature soils of each biome and are surrounded by totems with seeds of native species. It also depicts the culture of Brazil through textures and colour schemes.
Visitors can also enjoy a viewing space and restaurant on the pavilion’s rooftop, as well as the ‘Together for People’ exhibition, which showcases Brazil’s ethnic diversity and its indigenous villages.