korean pavilion competition

Korea Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai Design Competition

Submission: November 22, 2018
Registration: October 31, 2018
Language: English, Korean
Location: DIP – Dubai
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) will launch an architectural design competition for the Korea Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai beginning August 27. The expo will be held from October 2020 to April 2021, emphasizing the spirit of creation, innovation and cooperation around the world for the future under the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”

– A design competition for a unique and innovative Korea Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, opening in October, 2020

– Anticipation of a design that raises Korea’s national brand value by creatively interpreting the Korean meaning of “mobility”
– The announcement of the design competition can be found on the Korea Pavilion website from August 27, 2018, and registration can also be completed on the site

In addition to the main theme, the expo presents three sub-themes: Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. The Korea Pavilion selected “Mobility” to show industrial technology, cultural competitiveness, and dynamism through new perspectives. It is expected to convey an architectural interpretation about the purpose and direction of Korea’s mobility in modern society, which changes from knowledge to information, from space to time, and from a road to a maze.

The physical site for the Korea Pavilion is very large, amounting to a land area of 4,651.41㎡, and consisting of major facilities such as spaces for exhibitions, cultural events, commercial activities and management. Designers can present their plans for the necessary facilities with as much freedom and imagination as possible.

Anyone who is a Korean architectural expert working in the domestic or overseas architectural field can participate in the competition. Registration will be open from Monday, August 27 to Wednesday, October 31 via the official email (expo2020.korea@gmail.com) and the works should be submitted to KOTRA’s head office by Thursday, November 22. The results of the evaluations will be posted on the official website (www.expo2020-korea.or.kr) in early December after the first written review and the second presentation evaluation. The right to a working design will be given to the winner. Guidelines and related information on the design competition can be found on the official website. For more details, please contact the competition management team, Kerb Associates (tel. 070-7723-3265).

The person in charge at KOTRA, said, “We hope to promote our national brand and to express Korea’s industrial and cultural competitiveness through the expo. In so doing, this architectural design competition is a very important starting point and signal. We look forward to seeing a creative and daring design.

Go to the competition’s website