A consortium comprising Expomobilia, V8 Architects, Kossmann.dejong and Witteveen+Bos has been selected to design and construct the Dutch Pavilion at EXPO 2020 in Dubai. The award was made following a European tender procedure with a total of eleven consortiums participating.
The winning bid will give the Netherlands a Pavilion that stands out when it comes to circulation and the use of innovative, sustainable technologies. The Pavilion is to feature a circular climate control system, seamlessly integrating it with the Netherlands' chosen theme: 'Uniting water, energy & food'. Visitors from both the private and business spheres will be treated to an intense sensory experience of natural phenomena, while the overall architectural appearance is to be a statement in the Dubai surroundings. In addition to designing and constructing the pavilion, the consortium will also be responsible for circular maintenance and dismantling. The design will be presented in December 2018.
The consortium brings together the necessary expertise for the project, with experience in pavilion construction (Expomobilia), architecture (V8 Architects), interactive visitor experiences (Kossmann.dejong) and integral installation and construction engineering (Witteveen+Bos). The team can also boast a strong network in Dubai and close collaborations with Dutch start-ups and innovations.
The 35th universal exposition will take place in Dubai from 20 October 2020 until 10 April 2021. This will be the first time an international exposition is held in the Middle East. Some 170 participating countries will present ideas, innovations and technologies inspired by the Expo theme 'Connecting minds, creating the future'. The Dutch participation aims to offer a platform to Dutch stakeholders from both public and private sectors, helping them to strengthen their networks and positioning in the Gulf region – not just during the Dubai EXPO but also during the lead-up to the event.
Please follow these links for additional information: www.dutchdubai.com and www.rijksoverheid.nl/dubaiexpo2020
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“Snow Cape” is the name of the building with which Finland is going to present itself at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Inspired by the white blanket of snow which covers the Finnish landscape in winter, the Finland Pavilion resembles a white tent made of snow. The visual identity of Finland Pavilion is incorporating both Finnish and Arabic cultures, starting with the main entrance which gives an impression of arriving in an Arabic tent. Combination of Finnish natural design and innovation is combined with Arabic visual features. Finnish components and materials have played an important role in the design of the Snow Cape pavilion. Finland has a unique and extensive tradition of design and architecture. The pavilion may be viewed as a design object relating to the history of this heritage. Within the complex and visually noisy Expo environment, Finland Pavilion offers clarity and serenity. From outside the shape is simple but refined. In the middle of pavilion, a dynamic wooden space “Gorge” is carved into the building, offering Expo visitors a pleasantly cool and shady retreat. The “Gorge” also relates to the unique Finnish history of innovation, which often requires thinking “out of the box”, element of surprise. In the pavilion, the surprise is the wooden heart and exhibitions inside. In addition, Finland pavilion is a place representing Finland's closeness to nature and personal exchange, in accordance with the motto of the EXPO 2020 Dubai: “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.
From 20th October 2020 to 10th April 2021, Dubai will host the next world exposition. More than 180 countries will be taking part, under the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. EXPO 2020 Dubai is the first world expo in the Arabic-speaking region. The organisers expect that about 70 percent of the visitors will come from other countries.
On behalf of Business Finland, the project team called “Finland Pavilion building team” – consisting of the companies Expomobilia, JKMM Architects, Factor Nova, Beyond Limits and FiveCurrents is responsible for the planning and construction of the Finnish pavilion building at EXPO 2020 in Dubai. The concept, planning and execution of the Finnish pavilion building are being undertaken by JKMM Architects (Helsinki, Finland) and Expomobilia AG (Zurich, Switzerland). JKMM Architects with help of FiveCurrents and Factor Nova have 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 FiveCurrents (USA) have an advisory and support role across all phases of the project from design to delivery.
We are very proud and happy about the two received awards for the Swiss Pavilion at EXPO2017 in Astana. The Golden Award has been awarded by the renowned BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) in the category "Development". The silver award was given in the "Best Presentation" category. An international jury of nine members visited each pavilion of the 115 countries and the 22 international organizations participating in Expo 2017 Astana. In four different categories, depending on the size of the participation in the country, the official participant prizes were awarded either for exhibition design or for the development of the theme "Future Energy".
Extract from the jury evaluation:
Swiss Pavilion @ EXPO2017 in Astana: The project’s theme is “Nature in Motion” and is being jointly organized by us – general contractor for temporary constructions such as pavilions and trade fair booths – and the renowned design and architecture firm Atelier Oï based in La Neuveville. The aim was to create an entertaining and interactive exhibition where visitors can test and experience their relationship with energy in intelligent and efficient ways. This intuitive creative concept will also demonstrate how each and every one of us can make a small contribution towards the creation of something huge.
The exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion was divided into four chapters and distributed across a total area of 460 m².
Expomobilia’s VIP platform concept impressed the event’s organisers with its unusual design. It involved repurposing old shipping containers to create a bar and storage area and, at the same time, to help support the platform itself. The engineers from Expomobilia carried out a structural analysis of the concept and took all the safety measures that are needed on such a busy event site.
When combined with the supporting framework, the result was an attractive urban structure that fitted in perfectly against the varied artistic backdrop of the Badenfahrt event.
Expomobilia built the structure in only two days, which allowed all the other construction work for Badenfahrt to go ahead on schedule. The members of our project team were particularly pleased by the obvious satisfaction of the organisers and the positive response from visitors. We are proud to have been commissioned to build the main VIP venue at such a prestigious event.
Halle 622 in Zurich’s Oerlikon district was built by ABB Switzerland and until 2012 served as a production facility for high voltage apparatus. Following their conversion in autumn 2016, this collection of former industrial buildings were reopened in February 2017 and run by MAAG Music & Arts AG as a multifunctional event and concert location. As General Contractor, Expomobilia was responsible for managing the entire project, including the detailed planning, feasibility studies, construction and onsite assembly.
Silber Xaver Award 2017 in the category „Best Supplier Services.