The Dubai Expo is divided into three thematic zones – Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity, which are each anchored with a pavilion.
Foster + Partners designed a stainless steel clad building as the Mobility Pavilion (pictured top), Grimshaw topped the Sustainability Pavilion with a giant “energy tree” and AGi Architects created a plaza to bring people together as the Opportunity Pavilion.
Alongside these main structures, the expo contains a series of national pavilions designed to promote their respective countries.
Helsinki studio JKMM Architects created a chapel-like building as the Finland Pavilion, Italian architect Carlo Ratti topped the Italy Pavilion with a trio of boats and the Swiss Pavilion had a giant mirrored facade.
A report released this week by the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre found that architecture is one of the most privileged industries.
Titled Social Mobility in the Creative Economy, the report showed that 73 per cent of people working within the architecture profession are considered to be privileged.
In interiors news, art director Willo Perron designed a pop-up store for Kim Kardashian’s underwear brand SKIMS.
The temporary store in Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann is furnished with glossy, chunky display units and partitions.
Frank Gehry was in the news this week as the Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect designed a perfume bottle topped with an aluminium flower for French fashion brand Louis Vuitton.
It was also announced that the architect’s long-awaited Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2025, 14 years after construction began.
In fashion, luxury brand Balenciaga dressed some of The Simpsons characters in clothing from its collections.
The collaboration was as part of a film premiere-style red carpet event at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to launch Balenciaga’s Spring Summer collection.
Our lookbook this week focused on plywood interiors.