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On Saturday, Architectural Digest announced this year’s winners of the AD Design Awards, including Architectural projects, talented designers and incredible achievements. Among the winners are three projects worth taking a few moments out of your day to admire and, for the lucky ones, make the trip to see in real life.

The Netherlands’ Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020

V8 Architects planted a multi-sensory vertical farm as part of the Netherlands Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020. The 18 meter-high structure is covered with more than 9,000 edible plants including asparagus, mint and basil. On the inside, there is an adiabatic cooling system that keeps oyster mushrooms alive. Interestingly enough tens of kilograms of these mushrooms are ready for harvest every day.

 Photo Credit: Jeroen Musch – V8 Architects.

Habitas AlUla by Habitas

Located in Saudi Arabia’s Ashar Valley, Habitas AlUla is only the fourth Habitas in the world after the original property in Tulum, Mexico, a 15-tented-suite project in Namibia and a wellness jungle getawayin Bacalar, Mexico. The eco-resort was constructed with 3D printing and modern construction methods, to make it blend seamlessly with the natural, majestic backdrop.

Photo Credit: CN Traveller ME

The UAE’s Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020 Dubai

According to the Architectural Digest, “This breathtakingly audacious building embodies the pride of a nation.” Designed by Calatrava International, this structure has “28 automated cantilevered wings, that open and rotate at a range of 110 and 125 degrees,” as described by Arch Daily. It offers a multi-sensory experience that helps visitors discover the UAE’S history and culture.


Source: Architectural Digest

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