zaha hadid unveils master plan of demountable pavilions for ODESA EXPO 2030 in ukraine

zaha hadid architects propose ODESA EXPO 2030 master plan

Zaha Hadid Architects joined the delegation representing the Ukrainian city of Odesa at the 171st General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) held in Paris to present the ODESA EXPO 2030 proposal. this famous architecture firm proposes a heritage-oriented master plan for the four pavilions that can be dismantled and reused at the end of the exhibition. Ukraine like new town halls. In this way, the proposal addresses a challenge shared by all exhibitions with major public events around the world: to create a Fair of the future where nothing is wasted.

In a city that has always been multinational and multicultural, a city of diversity with old connections all over the world, when you visit Ukraine and our Odessa in 2030, you will feel the power and culture of just one country and one city… you will feel the potential of all humanity .’ Sharing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.


Bird’s-eye view of the ODESA EXPO 2030 master plan | Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

detachable pavilions from a set of tracks

‘ODESA EXPO 2030 was designed with heritage in mind above all else.’ Explains Zaha Hadid Architects (find more here). The master plan focuses on four groups of central pavilions that can be separated and rebuilt as new urban buildings in Ukraine. After the Expo, the grand pavilions can be used to create 80,000 square meters of flexible exhibition halls for trade shows and events adjacent to the Expo’s conference center and hotel. The structures can be completely removed so that the entire area can be returned to nature, with restored wetlands integrated into this new coastal eco-park close to the city centre.

The Expo will offer participating countries the opportunity to assemble their pavilions from a building kit with a flexible modular system. Nations will be presented with a variety of choices and encouraged to use practical, creative and visitor-friendly principles that will allow them to individually reinterpret the overarching theme of EXPO 2030 with their unique cultural expression. Via a digital configurator tool, participating countries will be able to select and connect components to build their pavilions and customize the facade design. Each modular component will account for approximately 25% of the 1,600 square meter footprint of a standard pavilion and can be combined with various other modular elements to create the desired exhibition space for each country.

zaha hadid architects unveils master plan of demountable pavilions for ODESA EXPO 2030
organic pavilions can be dismantled and reused throughout Ukraine | image courtesy of MIR

social and creative structure reuse

After EXPO 2030 closes, individual participants can move their modules to their home country. They can also donate components of their mansion to be sent and reassembled all over Ukraine for reuse as kindergartens, schools, medical clinics or subsidized studios and workspaces for Ukraine’s creative and digital industries. The modules are designed to fit on barges carrying goods on the Black Sea, the Sea of ​​Azov and the Dnipro River. These can be easily delivered to the major cities of Ukraine, where they will be reused as urban and social infrastructure for communities across the country.

zaha hadid architects unveils master plan of demountable pavilions for ODESA EXPO 2030
It can be used to create 80,000 m2 flexible exhibition halls for large pavilions, trade shows and events.

focus on modularity and sustainability

Combining modularity with digital design and production methods, this system by Zaha Hadid Architects enables EXPO 2030 pavilions to be produced quickly and economically by the local supply chain in Ukraine. The offer also ensures that each pavilion can be assembled, disassembled, shipped and reassembled in a fast and efficient process. Combined with the manufacturing and digital expertise available in Ukraine, this modular system can help build future-proof local construction companies across the country.

In addition, ODESA EXPO 2030 will minimize the use of concrete by making extensive use of recycled materials from damaged and collapsed buildings in the south of Ukraine. Renewable energy will be integrated into the design of the pavilions, including photovoltaics on all rooftops, and wind turbines connected to the EXPO 2030 microgrid will contribute to an energy positive field that not only meets their own energy needs, but also provides renewable energy to the environment. local community.

zaha hadid unveils master plan of demountable pavilions for ODESA EXPO 2030 in ukraine
The proposed structure presents an organic form that integrates seamlessly into the environment.

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