1,597 Rotating Cubes Create a Dazzling Light Display at the Dubai Expo 2020

Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

The Republic of Korea’s pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020 is a dynamic structure covered in rotating cubes that create dazzling light effects throughout the day. As the colorful forms revolve, the pavilion becomes an immersive installation for visitors in the Mobility District of the expo. Designed by Moon Hoon and Mooyuki Architects, the Korea Pavilion is about looking to the future of mobility.

Patterns are created as the 1,597 cubes spin to reveal one digital face and three analog faces featuring variations of blue, red, yellow, and white triangles. The designers describe this approach as neither digital nor analog, but as “digi_logue,” which acts as a combination of both. By creating analog faces of the cube, the designers hope to contribute new ideas to digital media installations.

Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

The installation on the stepped façade is interrupted by four dramatic ramps protruding from the structure. As visitors use these ramps, they weave back and forth between the exterior and the interior of the pavilion.  Photographs from the ramp demonstrate the immersive experience of walking past these dynamic moving “pixels.”

Keep scrolling for more images of the mobility-conscious pavilion for the Republic of Korea. For more pavilions and exhibits at the event, check out the full list of projects displayed at Dubai Expo 2020.

The Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 features a colorful and dynamic facade for a hyper-connected society.

Night View of Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

Interior of Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

Interior of Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

Interior of Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

Interior of Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

Interior of Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

Pathway at Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

Korea Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Moon Hoon.

All images via Kim Changmook.

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Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at @sampir.fi.
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