Smart solutions in the Pavilion

Innovative solutions at the Dutch pavilion

The Dutch pavilion is designed as a biotope, a circular climate system that brings together Dutch innovative solutions to unite water, energy and food. At our pavilion, designed by V8 Architects, visitors can experience how a combination of unique innovations allows us to grow food, harvest water and generate electricity, even in Dubai’s harsh climate.

The story of our biotope

The story of our biotope starts with water. SunGlacier & Vink developed the solar-powered ‘Rainmaker’, a Dutch innovation that allows us to harvest 800 litres of water at our pavilion every day. The solar cells in the pavilion’s skylights, devised by solar designer Marjan van Aubel, together with regular solar roof panels, provide the Rainmaker with electricity. At the same time, these skylights allow sunlight to enter the pavilion, which the plants need for photosynthesis. 

Inside the pavilion you will find its centrepiece: a giant green cone covered in edible plants, irrigated with the harvested water. On the inside, this food cone has the perfect conditions for growing oyster mushrooms: cold, dark and humid. Its design keeps the pavilion cool. The humidified air, rich in CO2, also provides the perfect climate to grow the edible plants on the outside of the cone.

Of course, innovations have also been applied to other parts of the pavilion.

With a view to keeping the pavilion’s carbon footprint as small as possible, many of the materials used are reusable, recyclable or biodegradable. This includes construction material: steel sheet piles and steel pipes were rented locally and will be returned after the Expo ends − a unique approach emphasising the circularity of the construction material while at the same time showcasing Dutch civil engineering expertise. Inside, the floor and wall of the lounge area were designed and executed using a new bio-based building material made of mycelium, created by the Italian company Mogu. The curtains in the business lounge and the UV resistant blinds at the pavilion’s entrance, produced by Amsterdam-based Buro Belén, are the first of their kind to be made from bio-based polymers.

These innovations, which make the pavilion a true showcase of sustainability and circularity, will enable millions of visitors to experience the Netherlands’ expertise in uniting water, energy and food.

The Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020: A Biotope

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The earth has a delicate eco-system…
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Everything is connected with each other.
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Water, energy, food…
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They simply can’t exist without each other.
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The world’s population keeps on growing.
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And we are dealing with global challenges…
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like water scarcity, food security and a rising demand for energy.
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So becoming self-sustaining is getting more and more important.
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Expo 2020 offers an exciting opportunity to drive positive change.
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And this is where the Netherlands is keen to contribute.
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By uniting water, energy and food…
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something magical can happen.
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We’ve designed a pavilion which is more a biotope than a building.
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A miniature world, where the climate is controlled naturally.
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Where water, energy and food are intrinsically linked.
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Full of intense sensory experiences.
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A pavilion that stands for openness, inventiveness and inclusion…
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and for minimising our footprint.
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The entire installation will be built from local resources…
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and with locally rented construction materials.
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After Expo 2020, all materials are given back, or will go to a new destination.
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We invite you to experience these new possibilities…
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So open your eyes.
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Smell…
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breath…
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wonder.
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And let your senses experience a unique sensation.
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Let’s connect minds to create a better, more sustainable future.
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Together.
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Welcome to the Dutch Pavilion.
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Find us in the ‘sustainability district.’
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Dutch Dubai, Dutch Connection in the Gulf.
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Uniting water, energy and food.

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