V8 architects reveals winning design of dutch pavilion for expo 2020 dubai

V8 architects reveals winning design of dutch pavilion for expo 2020 dubai

V8 architects’ winning design for the dutch pavilion at the expo 2020 has been unveiled. the project embodies the netherlands’ chosen theme of ‘uniting water, energy, food’ by creating a temporary climate system built using locally sourced materials, in dubai’s dry desert climate. the design will allow visitors to be immersed in silence, warmth, coolness, light, darkness, agriculture and water, and in which they can discover natural ways of controlling climate.

V8 architects reveals design of dutch pavilion for expo 2020 dubai

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V8 architects has designed the pavilion with sustainability in mind, as the entire pavilion will be constructed from locally available materials, therefore keeping the carbon footprint to a minimum. furthermore, the materials are planned to be recycled or reused after the expo, ensuring no wastage. the interior of the pavilion is inspired by the contours of the dutch landscape and geometric patterns from arabic culture. bands of light are invited into the space, creating an interesting display of light and shade.

V8 architects reveals design of dutch pavilion for expo 2020 dubai


designed by the dutch dubai consortium, composed of expomobilia, V8 architects, kossmann.dejong and witteveen+bos, the dutch pavilion forms the culmination of the netherlands’ multi-year campaign in the gulf region. the pavilion brings together all the necessary know-how and technology in the fields of pavilion construction, architecture, interactive visitor experiences, closed-loop technology and sustainable building and aims to be a meeting point for the business community, educational and research institutions, governments and social organizations.

V8 architects reveals design of dutch pavilion for expo 2020 dubai V8 architects reveals design of dutch pavilion for expo 2020 dubai 

V8 architects reveals design of dutch pavilion for expo 2020 dubai



project info:


client: ministry of foreign affairs / netherlands enterprise agency

architect: V8 architects

pavilion construction & main contractor: expomobilia AG

interactive visitor experiences: kossmann.dejong

integrated services and construction engineering: witteveen+bos

circular principles and climate concept: aardlab

consultants and suppliers: sign (circular food system), caventou (solar energy elements), koppert cress (seedlings of unique plants), felixx (design exterior space), buro belén (textiles) 

gross floor area: 3,727 m2

program: exhibition space, auditorium, restaurant, vip lounge and shop

design: 2018

realization: 2020

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