Kinetic Façade Brings NZ Pavilion To Life At Expo 2020
“A pioneering feat of engineering and craftsmanship, the New Zealand pavilion’s innovative façade made from a unique architectural mesh called Kaynemaile pays homage to the Māori way of life,” according to a report in Architectural Digest Middle East by design journalist Patryush Singh.
New Zealand’s theme at Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Care for People and Place’, based on kaitiakitanga, the environmental ethos of Māori. The pavilion “comes to life with a pulsating façade that signifies humanity, nature and our inextricable connectedness.”
AD Middle East reports that the façade’s visual effect is designed by the acclaimed Art Director, Kayne Horsham, creator of the Kaynemaile architectural mesh, which was inspired by his work on the Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy. Crafted from lightweight polycarbonate using a patented injection moulding process, Kaynemaile reduces radiant heat transfer from direct sunlight to internal environments by up to 70%, thereby reducing a building’s dependency on installed cooling systems. “Perfect for the Middle East,” says AD.