Expo 2020 pav­il­ions to watch out for!

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As Expo 2020 nears and the ex­cite­ment for the event is reach­ing its peak! This is how some of the re­mark­able pav­il­ions will look like for the grand show

Poland Pavil­ion

De­sign house WXCA and Bell­prat will de­sign Poland pavil­ion for Expo 2020 that will fea­ture an ‘open, tree-like mod­u­lar struc­ture’ The win­ning de­sign for the Poland Pavil­ion is in­spired by Poland’s wildlife. An “in­te­grated” ex­hi­bi­tion with “ki­netic flocks of birds float­ing over vis­i­tors’ heads” will be part of the project. Marta Sękul­ska-wrońska, manag­ing part­ner at WXCA, said: “Poland is the key breed­ing ground for mi­gra­tory birds in Europe. The pavil­ion, imag­ing a cloud of birds in flight is de­signed to cre­ate a strong, ex­pres­sive, mem­o­rable pic­ture.

The rich­ness of wildlife, di­ver­sity of land­scape, and the strate­gic lo­ca­tion in the cen­tre of Europe make Poland the most im­por­tant breed­ing ground for Euro­pean mi­gra­tory birds. Invit­ing vis­i­tors to ac­com­pany this jour­ney and ob­serve the abun­dance of Pol­ish avi­fauna is an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop an in­trigu­ing, multi-lay­ered story about the beauty of Pol­ish na­ture, in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, mo­bil­ity, and ex­change of ideas.”

Birds are a sym­bol for light­ness, clean air, fly­ing flocks of birds con­vey a sense of con­nec­tiv­ity and adapt­abil­ity and nest build­ing fi­nally im­plies dar­ing tem­po­rary and nat­u­ral ar­chi­tec­ture in the Pol­ish tra­di­tion of wooden con­struc­tions.

Wrońska fur­ther added: “In con­trast to the usual lively and en­ter­tain­ing at­mos­phere of world ex­hi­bi­tion, we would like to cre­ate a mood of tran­quil­lity, contemplation, at­ten­tive ob­ser­va­tion of wildlife. Pol­ish Pavil­ion will be the place where vis­i­tors can rest in the shade of the vast roof­ing, soothe the senses, re­lax and re­flect on the co­ex­is­tence of mankind and na­ture.”

USA Pavil­ion

Colorado-based Cur­tis W Fen­tress of Fen­tress Ar­chi­tects will ex­e­cute the de­sign of the USA Pavil­ion for the Expo 2020. In­spired by mo­bil­ity, travel, move­ment, and sus­tain­abil­ity, USA Pavil­ion would show­case the very best of their na­tion’s cul­tural and com­mer­cial achieve­ments It would clearly, be one of the most ad­mired pav­il­ions at the expo. Fen­tress’ de­signs are based on the things that are im­por­tant for the en­tire world. He said: “To­day we’re look­ing at an Expo that is re­lated to mo­bil­ity, move­ment, travel, sus­tain­abil­ity–things that are very im­por­tant to the world to­day. We have de­signed this build­ing to be cir­cu­lar in form with slants fash­ioned to project a sen­sa­tion of move­ment, mak­ing the viewer feel like the build­ing it­self is in mo­tion.”

Fen­tress wants to show­case the strengths of his coun­try. He fur­ther ex­plained: “Once you en­ter the build­ing, it opens up to what the United States stands for: We are an open, ac­ces­si­ble coun­try where you can live to cre­ate ideas. It show­cases all the things we are do­ing in Amer­ica: de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy and con­cepts that are go­ing to move us for­ward in the fu­ture. De­sign­ing this pavil­ion is a tremen­dous re­spon­si­bil­ity-one we take very se­ri­ously as we will be show­cas­ing Amer­ica and Amer­i­can ideas to over 25mn peo­ple ex­pected to visit the Expo 2020.”

Fin­land Pavil­ion

The Fin­land Pavil­ion takes in­spi­ra­tion from Fin­nish na­ture and de­sign “Snow Cape” is the name of the build­ing with which Fin­land is go­ing to present it­self at the Expo 2020 in Dubai. The Fin­land Pavil­ion build­ing team con­sists Ex­po­mo­bilia, JKMM Ar­chi­tects, Fac­tor Nova, Be­yond Lim­its, and Five Cur­rents re­spon­si­ble for the plan­ning and con­struc­tion of the pavil­ion. The con­cept, plan­ning, and ex­e­cu­tion of the Fin­nish pavil­ion build­ing is be­ing un­der­taken by JKMM Ar­chi­tects (Helsinki, Fin­land) and Ex­po­mo­bilia AG (Zurich, Switzer­land). JKMM Ar­chi­tects with help of Five Cur­rents and Fac­tor Nova has put to­gether the de­sign con­cept for the build­ing and Ex­po­mo­bilia, as global gen­eral con­trac­tor, is look­ing after the over­all plan­ning and project man­age­ment in the im­ple­men­ta­tion process. The part­ners Fac­tor Nova (Fin­land), Be­yond Lim­its (UAE), and Five Cur­rents (US) have an ad­vi­sory and sup­port role across all phases of the project from de­sign to de­liv­ery.

The pavil­ion build­ing is in­cor­po­rat­ing vis­ually both Fin­nish and Ara­bic cul­tures. The ex­te­rior of the pavil­ion is white as snow with an en­trance that gives an im­pres­sion of ar­riv­ing in an Ara­bic tent. The snow in the ex­te­rior blan­kets the in­te­rior full of sur­prises for the vis­i­tor. In the mid­dle, the calm and nat­u­ral gorge pro­vides a peace­ful es­cape from the noise of the expo world, while the ex­hi­bi­tion it­self is pro­vid­ing an abun­dance of ex­pe­ri­ences and in­for­ma­tion about con­tin­u­ous in­no­va­tion and sus­tain­able so­lu­tions.

Dutch Pavil­ion

The de­sign of the Dutch Pavil­ion is based on the theme of, ‘unit­ing wa­ter, en­ergy and food’. A con­sor­tium of Dutch and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies have been se­lected to de­sign and build the pavil­ion The Dutch Pavil­ion will be de­signed by the con­sor­tium that com­prises Ex­po­mo­bilia, V8 Ar­chi­tects, Koss­mann.de­jong and Wit­teveen+bos. With a pavil­ion fea­tur­ing a unique cir­cu­lar cli­mate sys­tem that show­cases the Nether­lands’ in­no­va­tive strength, the Dutch cam­paign and its par­tic­i­pa­tion in Expo 2020 will help to cap­i­talise on op­por­tu­ni­ties not only in the Gulf re­gion but also fur­ther afield.

The pavil­ion’s unique de­sign gives vis­i­tors a pow­er­ful sense of the con­nec­tion be­tween wa­ter, en­ergy, and food. A cir­cu­lar cli­mate sys­tem —a biotope, es­sen­tially – pro­vides vis­i­tors (tourists and busi­ness peo­ple alike) with an in­tense sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence. The Nether­lands is also set­ting a sus­tain­able ex­am­ple in terms of the build­ing it­self. It will be con­structed en­tirely from lo­cally avail­able con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, so as to min­i­mize trans­porta­tion. The in­te­rior, too, will fea­ture only rented ma­te­ri­als, which will be re­turned or re­pur­posed at a new desti­na­tion when the pavil­ion is dis­man­tled. In this way, its eco­log­i­cal foot­print will be min­imised.

De­sign of the Poland Pavil­ion is in­spired by mi­grat­ing birds

Marta Sękul­ska-wrońska

Cur­tis W Fen­tress

USA Pavil­ion will show the strengths of its na­tion through de­sign

In­spired by the white blan­ket of snow which cov­ers the Fin­nish land­scape in win­ter, the Fin­land Pavil­ion re­sem­bles a white tent made of snow

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