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The Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai wins the "Sustainable Construction Project of the year" category in the Big 5 Impact Awards 2021

Dubai, September 14, 2021 – Expomobilia on behalf of the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is being lauded for both its concept, a biotope in the desert, as well as its sustainable building approach. The construction materials were locally rented and are reusable, recyclable, or biodegradable.

The temporary circular climate system has received the “Sustainable Construction Project of the year” award at “The Big 5 Impact Awards”, which is a prestigious construction award show in the UAE. The sustainability project was established with a holistic approach in terms of architecture, design, materialization and construction.

The creative collaboration of the main contractor Expomobilia, V8 Architects, engineering firm Witteveen+Bos and experience designers Kossmanndejong collectively brought the 3,493 m2 closed circulation system of the Netherlands Pavilion to life.

From L to R: Frank Marreau, Managing Director, Expomobilia and Niels Bouwman, Director – The Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

“Every recognition is an achievement. I’m very proud that the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai won this prestigious sustainable construction project award. From October 1st onwards, we will show Expo 2020 visitors that sustainability solutions is our core business and through creative, strategic partnerships the Netherlands is coherent partner that contributes to ensuring water, energy and food security.''

H.E. Carel Richter, Commissioner General for the Netherlands Pavilion and Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Dubai Tweet

A biotope in the desert

The Netherlands Pavilion’s central design was created with the core focus on sustainability in mind. An 18-meter high cone-like structure, named, “The Food Cone,” is covered with a variety of edible plants whilst oyster mushrooms surround the inside of the cone. SunGlacier Technologies developed the solar-powered rain shower ‘SunGlacier’, a Dutch innovation that allows us to harvest hundreds of liters water at our pavilion every day. The solar panels, devised by solar designer Marjan van Aubel, together with regular solar roof panels, provide the SunGlacier innovation with electricity. The business facilities have pleated curtains designed by BuroBelén made from biodegradable textile material, measuring 44-meter-wide by 14-meter-long. sThe floor tiles and acoustic walls designed by Mogu consists of a 650m² of bio-based mycelium material which is the vegetative part of mushrooms.

Dietmar Kautschitz, Project & Construction Manager at Expomobilia comments:

“Our extensive experience, ability to be open-minded to unconventional ideas, and a strong sense of synergy with various parties and principles, were integral to our success. The level of dedication and teamwork displayed across our large, multinational team was the reason behind the successful execution of the pavilion!”

Honored as the “Sustainable Construction Project of the Year”

The Netherlands Pavilion project has been awarded at “The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards” in the “Best Sustainable Construction Project of the year” category based on its unique sustainability concept, and reusable material construction approach. The award ceremony took place on September 12th at the World Trade Center in Dubai.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Shabana Unni | Communications Manager
Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
shabana.unni@minbuza.nl | +971 50 242 5992

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