The Opportunity pavilion was designed by Australian practice, Cox Architecture, and features a rope-and-light theme throughout, with intertwined ropes reflecting the coming together of people to contribute to human progress, giving them a sense of fulfilment and encouraging further action. Cox Architecture principal director Steve Woodland described the pavilion as a ‘welcoming space that draws people together and sets them on a fun and engaging journey that progressively immerses them as active participants in a mind-awakening experience’. The fully recyclable new proposal is built from 2,500 tonnes of stone, and features a spiral-shaped canopy made from around 111km of woven rope. The structure also houses Small Steps, Big Leaps, the Expo’s global best practice programme, which calls for every World Expo to ‘showcase successful and impactful solutions’ to the world’s biggest challenges.
From Opportunity Pavilion it takes roughly 33 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 26 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 30 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 27 minutes to The Walk JBR.
Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 39 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 22 minutes' drive. All durations are calculated by Google Maps and assume the fastest route in typical traffic conditions.
The original design for the Opportunity Pavilion came from BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), a group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers based in Copenhagen and New York. Their design was subsequently rejected by the Expo organisers and replaced with Cox Architecture's design.