A Foster + Partners-designed pavilion, built for the UAE and has been unveiled at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

Showcasing its design at the Expo, the pavilion draws its inspiration from the form of a sand dune, a symbolic feature of the desert landscape shared by each of the seven emirates.

Like a sand dune, the pavilion appears rough and textured on the side that bears the full force of the wind and smooth on the other side, said Foster + Partner.

The peak rises to 20m in height and it is entered via a glazed lip at the pavilion’s base, with capacity for 450 people.

The pavilion will showcase the Masdar Initiative project, a six-million-square-metre carbon neutral zero waste community in Abu Dhabi, in response to the Expo’s ‘better cities, better lives’ theme.

The ‘better city, better life’, theme at the Shanghai Expo represents the common global wish for better living in future urban environments. This theme represents a central concern of the international community for future policy making, urban strategies and sustainable development, say its organisers.

By staff writer.