The architect who designed the ‘Forest of Intelligence’ at Spain Pavilion is planning to set up a design studio in Dubai believing that there are great opportunities.
21 March 2022, 12:00 AM
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Carmello Zapulla, a Spanish architect who designed the masterpiece aid while showcasing his masterpiece at the mega event. “I see a lot of opportunities Dubai has to offer, not just in architecture but in every field,” said Zapulla, the founder and Owner of External Reference, based in Barcelona and many other cities across world.
“Dubai will serve as my base for every city in the Middle-East,” added Zapulla.
Zapulla had to undergo three competitions to be selected to show his creative side at the Spanish pavilion. “I had to present something very unique and very creative and yes, my firm won the bid to design the best part of the pavilion,” he said.
The architect wanted to showcase something that is out of the world. He along with his team experimented with many materials, but were successful with PureTech, a natural compound that captures and mineralises some of the main greenhouse gases and pollutants in our planet’s atmosphere, including CO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC).
“The air at Forest of Intelligence is being purified real time due to the materials we have used. It contributes to the protection of the environment using natural resources.”
The showcase is an abstraction of a real forest, artificially created from biodegradable materials, 3D printing and photobioreactors.
Apart from designing the Forest of Intelligence, Zapulla has also created an installation at Expo Dubai 2020 in collaboration with Rami Al Ali for the MENASA platform.
Zapulla is looking forward to starting his studio in the city in coming months.