The global showcase known as Expo Milano kicked off this month in Milan, Italy and one of the more striking pavilions was the United Arab Emirates offering. Recently showcased on the Dezeen website, it features glassfibre-reinforced concrete with ripped surfaces meant to resemble the ridges of a sand dune. According to the profile:

"The design reflects our investigations into the form of ancient cities and our appreciation for the desert landscape," explained [Norman Foster, whose firm Foster + Partners designed the structure].

"It also maximises the opportunities presented by the elongated site – the dramatic canyon-like entrance welcomes people inside, and the channels between the high walls provide intuitive circulation, naturally leading visitors to the auditorium, exhibition and courtyard spaces."

When the expo closes Oct. 31, the building will be moved to Abu Dhabi. Read More