Pavilions of the future!
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.”
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.”
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.
The design of the Dutch Pavilion is based on the theme of, ‘uniting water, energy and food’. A consortium of Dutchand 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.