Ready to begin construction of Luxembourg pavilion
Luxembourg was the first country to sign the agreement to participate in the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. With its pavilion, Luxembourg underscores it ambition to come up with solutions for future challenges in collaboration with other nations and with united resources. The idea and concept for the pavilion come from the Luxembourg architectural firm Metaform. NUSSLI Adunic will be realizing the three-story building with an extraordinary facade.
"Resourceful Luxembourg" is the motto of the Luxembourg pavilion with an area of 3,650 square meters and space for 500 visitors. As the location, the representatives chose the thematic sector "Opportunity" on the EXPO grounds. When construction commences, 5,300 cubic meters of soil will first be excavated before the construction of the pavilion can be erected. A slide, a park planted with trees, the thematic exhibition, a restaurant, a souvenir shop, a covered area with space for up to 200 visitors to stand in line, and function rooms are planned for the inner section of the pavilion. The construction preparations, including inspections, certificates, the setting up of the construction site and construction measures are complete. Now the on-site team is waiting for the green light from the EXPO organizers to begin construction on July 1st.
"Already during the preparations, the chosen facade turned out to be particularly challenging", says NUSSLI Adunic project manager Claus Kruppa, because: "It envelops the building with steel connectors made of pipes and creates almost 1,000 joints, of which every single one features a different configuration of angles. We spent two months looking for a suitable steel construction company and have now found one."
Architecture and scenography complementing each other
The small country of Luxembourg is presenting itself as a smart nation: It understands how to connect human, natural, technical, industrial, and financial resources to create opportunities and shape the future. On the pavilion, this core tenet will be represented by the outer shell in the shape of a Möbius strip, which connects the top with the bottom, and the inside with the outside, thereby symbolizing openness, dynamism, and reliability.
On the inside of the pavilion, a spiral path takes visitors on a journey through the changing space: It alternates between inside, outside, height, depth, and different perspectives. The architecture, exhibition, projections and shows are coordinated with each other and allow visitors to experience the country and people of Luxembourg in a didactic, interactive, and intuitive manner.
NUSSLI project organization in Dubai
Apart from the Luxembourg pavilion, NUSSLI Adunic will also be implementing the structures of other Expo participants such as Germany and Belarus. In addition, NUSSLI Adunic will be responsible for the implementation of the exhibition in the French pavilion and the conceptional blueprints of the exhibition in the Kazakh pavilion. Since mid-2018, the Swiss event construction company has been deployed on site with project teams. The early establishment of the EXPO project organization allowed the teams to intimately familiarize themselves with the situation on site. Furthermore, this also allowed the complex planning and implementation, and in particular the materials procurement, personnel deployment, and the exchange of know-how to be optimized.
About EXPO 2020 Dubai
The upcoming world expo will be taking place from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021 in Dubai. Under the motto "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", over 180 nations will be taking part in it. It is the first Expo in the Arabic-speaking region. The organizers are expecting over 70 percent of visitors to be from overseas.