“Inside the pavilion visitors are treated to a sensorially rich experience of Dutch know-how and skills in the field of innovative water, energy and food harvesting. The circular or closed-loop climate concept generates a world in which visitors are able to immerse themselves in silence, warmth, coolness, light, darkness, agriculture and water, and in which they can discover natural ways of controlling climate,” V8 Architects states. The pavilion will be constructed using strictly locally sourced or rented materials, which will all be returned or given a new purpose when the Expo ends.
The pavilion is part of a longer-term collaboration effort between The Netherlands and the Gulf States. The Dutch Dubai project will establish a network of businesses, knowledge institutions, governments and social organizations, working together towards self-sustainability in the Gulf region. In this way, the installation is meant as a reflection of the potential of a Dutch-Gulf collaboration to create a system where inhabitants can produce their own water, energy and food – even in a desert climate.
Aside from representing The Netherlands as an expert on water, energy and food production, the pavilion will house an exhibition space, a restaurant, an auditorium, a VIP lounge and a shop. Situated in the Sustainability district of the World Expo, the space will function as a meeting place for professionals in the field, bringing together sustainability know-how and technology from all over the world. Ultimately, the Expo 2020 Dubai strives to trigger new thinking about long-term effects in not only the Middle East, but also Africa, South Asia and the wider world in the interwoven themes of mobility and opportunity, alongside sustainability.