Luxembourg Pavilion wins architecture prize

The Luxembourg Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has won the first prize for Best Design in 2022 by the Architectural Membrane Association – AMA.

The building is based on the Möbius strip, where twisting and folding of a ribbon results in one single surface, with no beginning and no end, symbolizing an infinity, and, in this context, sustainability and the circular economy.

Inhabit provided façade, acoustics and access and maintenance consulting for the project.

According to architect and Metaform Partner GG Kirchner, the client and the Expo required 70% of the materials used to be reused or recycled. For this reason, they opted for a steel structure as steel can easily be recycled.

A double-skin PTFE membrane system is double curved and tensioned over the steel grid shell. Inhabit’s Dubai team provided geometry checking of the membrane form and steel structure as well as access and maintenance consulting during the design stages and façade consulting during the construction.

Inhabit’s Middle East Acoustics team was engaged by WME to provide acoustic and scenography design components to the pavilion.