At a glance
Netherlands EXPO 2020 Dubai
Vertical biotope and Oranje awning
A bit rugged, but pretty cool, Holland presents itself from the outside at EXPO 2020 Dubai with huge, rusty steel girders.
Such massive steel beams, as seen here on the facade of the Dutch pavilion, are normally used to construct sea barriers.
For example, to protect against floods. In fact, similar metal supports were also used in the construction of the well-known artificial island "The Palm" in Dubai.
Dutch companies were involved in this construction, and so the motto "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" is cleverly taken up here through architecture. After all, "The Palm" was considered one of the prototypes of futuristic Dubai for a long time.
Now steel is not necessarily one of the most sustainable materials imaginable. However, the sustainability idea here is that these massive, huge steel beams also have to be reused and not always produced anew.
The steel structure on the façade used here for the pavilion is also only borrowed and will be used again elsewhere after the EXPO.
Typical Dutch awning
A typical Dutch orange awning on the steel facade protects visitors from the desert sun. This is also familiar from street cafés between Amsterdam and The Hague.
Multimedia show inside the pavilion
Inside the pavilion, you become part of a show yourself. You get an umbrella, which is used as a projection screen.
The show under the cone-shaped structure shows how water, energy and life are connected.
Water harvesting and use of solar energy for food production
You learn here that the entire pavilion is designed to capture solar energy, harvest water, and use both to grow food.
At Sustainability area of the EXPO 2020 the Netherlands has built a vertical mushroom farm for this purpose. This biotope is best recognized in the back of the exhibition.
Almost 10,000 edible plants are grown here. And through this vertical garden, the climate will additionally be controlled in a natural way.
Among the plants sown here are mint, basil, asparagus, tomatoes and mushrooms. The mushrooms were even used for making the floor tiles of the pavilion.
(Almost) Self-sustaining pavilion
The Dutch pavilion is almost entirely self-sustaining.
The clever thing is that the construction extracts 1,000 to 2,000 liters of water from the air every day, which is used for the biotope and for growing the plants.
Transparent solar panels installed on the roof there are expected to cover more than 40 percent of its electricity needs.
And the biotope is also a popular Instagram photo spot for visitors.
The pavilion of the Netherlands EXPO 2020 Dubai is one of my highlights at EXPO 2020 Dubai.
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