Zaha Hadid unveils master plan of collapsible pavilions for ODESA EXPO 2030 in Ukraine

zaha hadid architects propose the ODESA EXPO 2030 master plan

Zaha Hadid Architects has joined the delegation representing the Ukrainian city of Odessa at the 171st General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris to present the ODESA EXPO 2030 bid. That renowned architectural firm proposes a heritage-focused master plan for four pavilions that can be dismantled at the end of the exhibition and reused throughout Ukraine as new municipal buildings. In this way, the proposal addresses a common challenge of all exhibitions with large public events around the world: to create an expo of the future where nothing is wasted.

“In a city that has always been multinational and multicultural, a city of diversity with ancient connections to the whole world, when you visit Ukraine and our Odessa in 2030, you will feel the power and culture of not just one country and one Feel the city… She will feel the potential of all humanity.’ shares Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine.

Bird’s Eye Rendering of the ODESA EXPO 2030 Master Plan | Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

collapsible pavilions from a kit

“ODESA EXPO 2030 was designed with heritage in mind first and foremost.” explains Zaha Hadid Architects (read more here). The master plan focuses on a group of four central pavilions that can be dismantled and rebuilt as new urban buildings in Ukraine. After the Expo, the large pavilions can be used to create 80,000m² of flexible exhibition halls for trade shows and events alongside the Expo’s conference center and hotel. The structures can be completely removed, allowing the entire Expo site to be returned to nature, with restored wetlands being incorporated into this new coastal eco-park near the city centre.

The Expo offers the participating nations the opportunity to build their pavilions from a kit with a flexible modular system from a kit. Nations are presented with many different options and are encouraged to apply practical, creative and visitor-friendly principles that allow them to individually reinterpret the overarching theme of EXPO 2030 through their unique cultural expression. Using a digital configurator tool, participating countries can select and connect components to form their pavilion and customize the façade design by choosing from a range of material options with the lowest possible carbon footprint. Each modular component will account for approximately 25% of the 1,600m² footprint of a standard pavilion and can be combined with a variety of other modular elements to create the desired exhibition space for each country.

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils master plan of collapsible pavilions for ODESA EXPO 2030
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After the conclusion of EXPO 2030, individual participants can transport their modules back to their home countries – or donate the components of their pavilion to be shipped by ship and reassembled across Ukraine to be used as kindergartens, schools, medical clinics or subsidized studios and workspaces for Ukraine to reuse creative and digital industries.

Specially designed to transport goods in the Black Sea, Sea of ​​Azov and Dnipro River, the modules can be easily delivered to Ukraine’s largest cities, where they will be reused as civil and social infrastructure for communities across the country.

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils master plan of collapsible pavilions for ODESA EXPO 2030

By introducing modularity with digital design and manufacturing methods, this system will ensure that the EXPO 2030 pavilions can be manufactured quickly off-site by the local supply chain in Ukraine at low cost. This system also ensures that each pavilion can be installed, dismantled, shipped and reinstalled in a quick and efficient process. Combined with Ukraine’s existing manufacturing and digital expertise, this modular system can help establish future-proof local construction companies across the country.

ODESA EXPO 2030 will minimize the use of concrete by making extensive use of recycled materials from damaged and demolished buildings across southern Ukraine. Renewable energy will be integrated into the design of the pavilions, including photovoltaics on all roofs, while wind turbines connected to EXPO 2030’s micro-grid will contribute to an energy-positive site that meets its own energy needs, but also provides renewable energy for the local community delivers.

Zaha Hadid unveils master plan of collapsible pavilions for ODESA EXPO 2030 in Ukraine

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils master plan of collapsible pavilions for ODESA EXPO 2030

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