Ocean Space

Customer Innovation Norway

The General Contractor for construction of the Norwegian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

The Norwegian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is a showcase of the deep connection between the people and culture of Norway with the maritime environment and the treasures yielded from the ocean. The pavilion, made of aluminum and glass panels, is reminiscent of a ship on the outside and is modeled on an underwater topography on the inside.

The close relationship between the ocean and Norwegians.

Avant-garde ambient lighting technology builds a truly immersive experience of ocean life. Visitors will undertake a journey through this underwater world, discovering its fascinating environment. Augmented reality enables an experience of Norway’s legacy fishing industry and marine culture. Digitally programmed tours give an insight into an often hidden world and lets the visitor appreciate a sustainable marine industry.

Role of Expomobilia

Assigned as the General Contractor, the task was to build the entire structure for the temporary pavilion. The build included also interior fit-out and furnishings.

Expomobilia coordinated the entire project with the architect and the executing company, taking into account the local building regulations and special requirements as a part of Expo 2020. All transactions between the client and Expo 2020 were also a part of the project remit. Expomobilia were also responsible for the entire project management, on-site construction management and final handover.

The pavilion, modeled on a ship, was planned without complex anchoring in the foundation; hardly any concrete was required. After Expo 2020, practically all components can be reused.

The aluminium façade with rounded corners was an engineering detailing challenge completed to perfection

The demands of the pavilion were the steel construction with cantilevered elements and the aluminum facade. Whilst simple to the visitor’s eye, this was an elaborately complex construction to attain the look of simplicity.

It must be noted that the Norway pavilion was the first to receive the Building Completion Certificate among all GUs. As the saying goes, in the end, Expomobilia berthed the ship at the port.

Technical details

Pavilion size:
1240m² of which built up area is 321.60m² and usable area 700.50m²

Service period:
Planning: 04/2019 – 10/2019
Construction: 09/2019 – 10/2020

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Master builder and steel construction work, ventilation and air-conditioning, indoor sanitation and hygiene facilities, fire protection systems, CCTV monitoring, aluminium façade, windows and doors, interior fit-out and furnishings