The NUSSLI Expo pavilions, Expo 2020 Dubai

The NUSSLI Expo pavilions have been nominated many times and have already received 23 awards

As the leading company for pavilion construction for international participants, upon reflection, NUSSLI considers the 2020 Expo in Dubai to have been a great success. The 10 implemented pavilions proved their excellent construction by means of their nominations and awards. So far, 32 nominations have already led to five BIE awards as well as six winning awards and 12 second and third places.

April 2022

Centered on the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future," around 200 countries, organizations, companies and educational institutions shared their ideas on global issues in the pavilions. In the run-up to the world fair, unexpected global challenges of the pandemic had to be suddenly faced which made the planning and construction more difficult. The NUSSLI project teams reorganized themselves, consistently implemented the taken measures, and were able to complete all 10 construction projects – Austria, Baden-Württemberg, Belarus, China, France, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, and Monaco – on schedule. In addition: NUSSLI's pavilion projects have already been nominated and distinguished with awards. "In our international construction activities, we assume a kind of hub function due to our tasks, but also with our project know-how. This helps us all progress and also drives the projects forward," says Harald Dosch, COO of Special Projects and responsible for NUSSLI's Expo projects.

Distinguished Pavilions

No fewer than five NUSSLI pavilions qualified for one of the coveted BIE Awards, which are presented on the Expo's last day by its umbrella organization, BIE (Bureau International des Expositions). Germany and Kazakhstan received gold and silver in the Theme Interpretation category. Japan also won gold in the Exhibition Design category. Silver and bronze went to Austria and China in the Architecture categories. The winners of the Expo Awards include Germany, Austria and Kazakhstan. The pavilions of Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg received an Honorable Mention and the Japanese pavilion even achieved two Honorable Mentions in the different categories. With its remarkable, sustainable architecture, the Austrian pavilion attracted even more attention and also won other awards: the prestigious 2021 Global Architecture & Design Award, the 2021 BLT Built Design Award, the Green Planet Building Award and the 2021 German Design Award.

NUSSLI's Pavilion Range Shows Innovation and Sustainability

The Austrian pavilion "Austria makes Sense" consumed 70% less energy than comparable buildings. The pavilion structure and the facade of the Kazakh building can be recycled to a large extent. And the construction of the Baden-Württemberg House from wood saved 200 tons of CO2 compared to conventional steel construction. The three buildings are a great example of the innovation and sustainability of NUSSLI's pavilion range. With a total of 10 buildings constructed, NUSSLI is the leading company for pavilion construction of all international participants. Building on its great experience with expo pavilions in Shanghai and Milan, it now implemented the country appearances in Dubai with great success and customer value.

Factors for Success at the Expo Construction Site

As a matter of principle, the NUSSLI teams cultivate forward-looking planning, cultural understanding, and continuous dialog in their daily tasks – regardless of the project site. Experience, flexibility as well as the carefully set up expo project organization and the existing

network in the Middle East also contributed to the success of the 10 pavilions in Dubai despite the difficult conditions. With the new additional expo experience in their pockets, the NUSSLI project teams are already busy preparing for the next chapter. The 2025 Osaka Expo is right around the corner.


Marike van der Ben

Marike van der Ben

Head of Marketing & Communication
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