Here’s what you need to know about the India Pavilion at the world’s biggest Expo, Dubai 2020



Embrace yourself for the much-awaited event of 2021 to be hosted this October, the Dubai Expo. Making its way through the long-caused delay due to the pandemic, Dubai Expo is taking shape with even larger enthusiasm and exhilaration. Dubai Expo will be a globally recognized and celebrated event from October 1, 2021, till March 31, 2022. The Expo 2020 Dubai is a global stage for renowned architects from all over the world to represent countries whilst showcasing design finesse. With an overarching theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, it is a platform promoting partnerships for innovation, inclusion, and understanding.




Making its appearance for the first time ever in a world expo, The India Pavilion is one of the largest pavilions, at par with the pavilions of countries such as the USA and China. As one of the fastest-growing nations in the world, the design imbibes the theme of ‘India on the move’. The design for the India Pavilion seeks to exhibit the substantial growth the country has witnessed through the years after Independence, becoming a land of limitless opportunities even for international investors. For the prestigious project, CP Kukreja Architects have amalgamated the ethos of the country’s mobility with technology that infuses a sensory stimulus into the Pavilion.





“Architecture is an amalgamation of creativity and engineering. For me, representing India on an international platform meant developing a design that creates a meaningful dialogue between the tangible and intangible aspects of the built form. Weaving technology and craftsmanship together, we were able to bring forth a concept which befittingly capsules the diverse cultures of our country whilst captivating the visitors through enthralling storytelling.” - Dikshu Kukreja, Harvard graduate and Managing Principal CPKA.

Let’s look at some features of this grand facade designed to put India on the map of leading innovative nations with limitless possibilities:

1. A Moving Facade:
The architects designed a moving façade which not only celebrates India’s 75th year of Independence but also adapts as a platform to showcase India’s cultural heritage. Using 600 individual blocks, the façade uses kinetic architecture. In the evening, the façade will turn into a vibrant show with sound, light, and projections, almost as if hosting a festival. Through the Pavilion, the Architects pay homage to the same, fostering the idea of India as a pool of opportunities for investment and collaboration.




2. 75 Years, 75 stories:
To celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, seventy-five stories have been identified for the entire 26 weeks of this expo that would engage visitors through the charm of storytelling through the day, familiarizing them with the history, geography, and literature of the country. Designed by CP Kukreja Architects, the Pavilion stays true to its theme ‘Future is in India,’ as its participation at Expo 2020 Dubai aims to show the strength of its human resources. The youth fuels their aspirations of a ‘new India’, ready to take on fresh opportunities towards a better world.




3. Innovation at its core:
The Pavilion employs the use of the latest cutting-edge innovative technologies, making the journey through the landscape inclusive and interactive for the visitors. The vastness of India’s culture and the cityscape is condensed within the site. Different design elements such as the radiant sun-dial and the elaborate Amphitheatre are seamlessly tied into a single harmonious unit.




4. Experiential Interiors:
The digitized interiors make the experience all the more memorable and are able to transcend the visitor to the vibrant heritage of the country. The visitors will get to witness both physical exhibits as well as immersive digital content which would showcase various sectors in the thriving Indian economy. Programs such as Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, and Start-Up India campaigns would be featured as the key highlights, displaying the country’s capabilities on an international level. The trapezoidal form of the site enables the creation of visual memorabilia.




Covering an area of 4,800 square meters, the Indian pavilion is one of the largest on Expo grounds. Expo’s Theme Weeks determine many of the events to be held at the pavilion, which include themes of ‘Space’, ‘Climate and Biodiversity, ‘Urban and Rural Development’, and much more. The India Pavilion extends the position of the country as a thriving hub of limitless possibilities integrating futuristic approach and mobility while projecting the Indian story in a global narrative.

Here’s what you need to know about the India Pavilion at the world’s biggest Expo, Dubai 2020



Embrace yourself for the much-awaited event of 2021 to be hosted this October, the Dubai Expo. Making its way through the long-caused delay due to the pandemic, Dubai Expo is taking shape with even larger enthusiasm and exhilaration. Dubai Expo will be a globally recognized and celebrated event from October 1, 2021, till March 31, 2022. The Expo 2020 Dubai is a global stage for renowned architects from all over the world to represent countries whilst showcasing design finesse. With an overarching theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, it is a platform promoting partnerships for innovation, inclusion, and understanding.




Making its appearance for the first time ever in a world expo, The India Pavilion is one of the largest pavilions, at par with the pavilions of countries such as the USA and China. As one of the fastest-growing nations in the world, the design imbibes the theme of ‘India on the move’. The design for the India Pavilion seeks to exhibit the substantial growth the country has witnessed through the years after Independence, becoming a land of limitless opportunities even for international investors. For the prestigious project, CP Kukreja Architects have amalgamated the ethos of the country’s mobility with technology that infuses a sensory stimulus into the Pavilion.





“Architecture is an amalgamation of creativity and engineering. For me, representing India on an international platform meant developing a design that creates a meaningful dialogue between the tangible and intangible aspects of the built form. Weaving technology and craftsmanship together, we were able to bring forth a concept which befittingly capsules the diverse cultures of our country whilst captivating the visitors through enthralling storytelling.” - Dikshu Kukreja, Harvard graduate and Managing Principal CPKA.

Let’s look at some features of this grand facade designed to put India on the map of leading innovative nations with limitless possibilities:

1. A Moving Facade:
The architects designed a moving façade which not only celebrates India’s 75th year of Independence but also adapts as a platform to showcase India’s cultural heritage. Using 600 individual blocks, the façade uses kinetic architecture. In the evening, the façade will turn into a vibrant show with sound, light, and projections, almost as if hosting a festival. Through the Pavilion, the Architects pay homage to the same, fostering the idea of India as a pool of opportunities for investment and collaboration.




2. 75 Years, 75 stories:
To celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, seventy-five stories have been identified for the entire 26 weeks of this expo that would engage visitors through the charm of storytelling through the day, familiarizing them with the history, geography, and literature of the country. Designed by CP Kukreja Architects, the Pavilion stays true to its theme ‘Future is in India,’ as its participation at Expo 2020 Dubai aims to show the strength of its human resources. The youth fuels their aspirations of a ‘new India’, ready to take on fresh opportunities towards a better world.




3. Innovation at its core:
The Pavilion employs the use of the latest cutting-edge innovative technologies, making the journey through the landscape inclusive and interactive for the visitors. The vastness of India’s culture and the cityscape is condensed within the site. Different design elements such as the radiant sun-dial and the elaborate Amphitheatre are seamlessly tied into a single harmonious unit.




4. Experiential Interiors:
The digitized interiors make the experience all the more memorable and are able to transcend the visitor to the vibrant heritage of the country. The visitors will get to witness both physical exhibits as well as immersive digital content which would showcase various sectors in the thriving Indian economy. Programs such as Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, and Start-Up India campaigns would be featured as the key highlights, displaying the country’s capabilities on an international level. The trapezoidal form of the site enables the creation of visual memorabilia.




Covering an area of 4,800 square meters, the Indian pavilion is one of the largest on Expo grounds. Expo’s Theme Weeks determine many of the events to be held at the pavilion, which include themes of ‘Space’, ‘Climate and Biodiversity, ‘Urban and Rural Development’, and much more. The India Pavilion extends the position of the country as a thriving hub of limitless possibilities integrating futuristic approach and mobility while projecting the Indian story in a global narrative.