An introverted façade suggests qualities that reveal themselves from within. The Pavilion of Oman invites visitors to move beyond symbolic gestures and tired motifs. Three free-standing tapering volumes house the primary functions of the Pavilion (reception, exhibition and event space). A third space emerges in the circulation area between the volumes- a tall, shaded corridor refreshed by abundant trees and vegetation.
The façade is a double-shell system of light steel framing which supports a floating envelope of tiles made from sarooj (fired lime and earth). This marriage of techne and tradition- creates both a haptic envelope which mitigates the intense heat and a structure that which can be disassembled at the conclusion of the Expo.
2018 Competition proposal (in collaboration with Cesar Cano Diaz)