Abwab Pavilion, Dubai Design Week (DXBDW)

Gently gliding across the hardscape, the blueish shimmer of Arabesque patterns traces the story of an object that is lost in time once more: the glass vase that once represented deeply rooted traditions and the sharing of craftsmanship across the globe has become a generic commodity produced in masses. Its essence, created and recreated for every other occasion seems befitting to mark the 2020 Dubai Design Week ABWAB Pavilion. This recreation of a ‘glass vase’ is only partially complete, however, as its crystallized state merely hints at its potential for wholeness – breathing, its shifting maze of shadows during the day, and its glowing refractions at night invoke hope for a transition into a post-industrial era of design and craft.

The pavilion gently double curves to accommodate the two non-facing streets it aligns to. A side entrance, on a flank, provides alternate paths. Within and around the pavilion, paths for social distancing are materialized, creating a linear maze through urban space, avoiding benches and potential collisions between visitors.

Our proposal is a vase-like object composed of completely recycled polycarbonate and printed in 5D as hexagon-based spaceframe components using our multi-ton robotic arms: ‘Habibi’ and ‘Hayete’ (‘my life’ and ‘my love’, in Arabic). The pavilion is entirely parametric (scripted in Grasshopper) creating a seamless link between design, structural analysis and fabrication, and would reinforce the position of Dubai Design Week as a pioneer on the latest research in Architecture.

Abwab Pavilion, Dubai Design Week (DXBDW)

Exterior perspective

Abwab Pavilion, Dubai Design Week (DXBDW)

Aerial view of the pavilion

Abwab Pavilion, Dubai Design Week (DXBDW)

Interior view of exhibition set-up

Abwab Pavilion, Dubai Design Week (DXBDW)

Scale model of hexagonal composition from 5D printed plastic beams

Abwab Pavilion, Dubai Design Week (DXBDW)

close up of scale model

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