Dutch Pavilion Highlights Sustainable Design For Expo 2020 Dubai

By Jumana Abdel-Razzaq
26 December 2018
Expo 2020 Dubai, Netherlands, Sustainability
Photo Credit: Dutch Dubai
The themes of water, energy and food will be explored in the Netherlands' pavilion concept design for the upcoming global event

The Netherlands has revealed its Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion design, exploring the theme ‘uniting water, energy and food’ to shed light on the region’s rising demand for energy and sustainability. 

The Middle East is a region significantly affected by water scarcity and food security, with Gulf countries consuming more water and energy per capita than many other parts of the world, and importing a large quantity of their food. As a result, the Netherlands aims to highlight these issues, creating an opportunity to drive positive change as part of its concept. 

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Located in Expo 2020’s Sustainability Thematic District, the pavilion has been designed in close collaboration between the Dutch firms V8 architects, Kossmann.dejong, Witteveen+Bos and the Swiss-based firm Expomobilia.

“We’re proud of this wonderful design, which shows what the Netherlands is all about,” said Dutch foreign trade and development minister Sigrid Kaag. “Developing unique integrated solutions that create links, especially in the areas of water, energy and food, where we are world leaders.” 

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Featuring a unique circular climate system, the design aims to provide visitors with an intense sensory experience, and the climate is controlled naturally.

The Netherlands is also setting a sustainable example in terms of the building itself. It will be constructed entirely from locally available materials, so as to minimise transportation. The interior will feature only rented materials, which will be returned or repurposed at a new destination when the pavilion is dismantled to minimise its ecological footprint. 

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By showcasing home-grown solutions that link water, energy and food – and by working closely with Gulf countries to develop sustainable solutions appropriate to their local ecosystems – the Dutch pavilion is a step to helping the region create a greener, more sustainable future.

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Via Architectural Digest Middle East