Construction begins on Dutch pavilion for EXPO2020 Dubai

Today, work has officially started on the construction of the Dutch pavilion for the world exhibition in 2020 in Dubai. At the expo site in Dubai, water that was specifically harvested out of Dutch air was handed over to the Consul-General, which marked the start of a new phase for the Dutch participation at the EXPO2020.

What you see is what you get
With the entry of this new phase, the Dutch pavilion is more and more taking shape. After the preparatory groundwork and foundation works, the main load-bearing structure is expected to be completed in autumn 2019. Due to the temporary and circular nature of the pavilion, the pavilion is made from civil engineering building materials that are locally available and can be reused afterwards. Its core shell is also its finishing; the used sheet piles and construction tubes not only serve as the load-bearing structure, but also act as the facade and ceiling. This approach keeps the ecological footprint of the pavilion as small as possible. The interior adds tactility and refinement, inspired by the pattern of the Dutch landscape and the geometric patterns from the Arabic culture.

Sensory experience
Designed as a temporary climate system, a biotope, the pavilion will offer a distinctive visitor experience. It tells the story of the Dutch participation in a way that stimulates all senses. Visitors can experience the connection between innovative Dutch solutions for water, energy and food issues: water is produced, energy is generated and food is harvested. V8 Architects: “We have been able to connect all kinds of Dutch innovations in the pavilion. Just as the technology forms one coherent whole, so does the collaboration. That is the pavilion’s strength”. The harvesting of water from the desert air in Dubai by artist and inventor Ap Verheggen is one of the solutions that can be experienced in the pavilion.

Dutch contribution
The growing demand for energy, water scarcity and the need for food security play an important role in the Gulf region. Dutch companies, knowledge institutes and civil society organisations have important knowledge and expertise in this area and can make a meaningful contribution to solutions to these issues. “The responsibility we bear for our planet and future generations is great. The Netherlands is ready to show its innovations in the field of water, energy and food to the world,” said Minister Kaag for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in a video message that was broadcasted in Dubai.

The Dutch pavilion is designed by the Dutch Dubai consortium, consisting of V8 Architects, Expomobilia, Kossmann.dejong and Witteveen+Bos. A great many innovative Dutch companies were involved in the development of the concept, including Aardlab and Sign.

About Dubai EXPO 2020
The 35th World Expo will take place in Dubai between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021. It is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East. Under the overarching theme of ‘Connecting minds, creating the future’, 170 countries will present ideas, innovations and technologies.

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