Work on German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to begin in 2019

Work on German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to begin in 2019
A consortium has been picked to design and build the German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai [representational image].
Published: 15 August 2018 - 12:14 a.m.
By: Neha Bhatia

A consortium has been awarded the contract to design and build Expo 2020 Dubai’s German Pavilion, which has a budget of $56.6m (EUR50m).

Cologne-based agency, Facts and Fiction, and Swiss construction company, Adunic, have formed the consortium that provide design and build services the project, with architecture to be designed by Berlin-based Lava.

Building work on the German Pavilion’s 4,500m2plot at Expo 2020 Dubai’s site will begin next year, a senior official revealed.

Facts and Fiction will deliver content, exhibition, and media design for the development, which Adunic will build. In a press statement, Koelnmesse revealed that Facts and Fiction “specialises in spatial communication”, while Adunic is known for the construction of temporary buildings. Koelnmesse is organising and running the German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

A European Union-wide notice of tender was published in September 2017, inviting applications for designing the concept and planning and building the German Pavilion’s interior and exterior.

The brief also included the technical management of the pavilion during Expo 2020 Dubai, which will start on 20 October, 2020, and end on 10 April, 2021. Pavilion dismantling was also included in the brief.

Applicants were initially requested to draw high-level concepts for the project, following which, a 17-strong selection committee comprising members from federal ministries, trade and industry associations, and experts on expo and regional matters, chose five firms for the next phase. At this stage, companies were required to design a detailed concept for the German Pavilion.

According to Koelnmesse’s statement, Facts and Fiction and Adunic’s consortium was selected “on the basis of the tender criteria”.

It added: “The main requirement was to take Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and the sustainability subtheme chosen by Germany, and translate them into a pavilion concept that will grasp visitors' interest and hold it from start to finish while also creating a seamless marriage between the pavilion's architecture and its content.”

The concept will be revealed during a press conference at Koelnmesse in Cologne on 4 September, 2018, and at the Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in Dubai on 19 September.

Dietmar Schmitz, Commissioner General of the German Pavilion and head of the division that designs policy for fairs, exhibitions, and expo participations at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, said the contract awards marked the end of “a ten-month process”.

He added: “We are happy that things can now progress and building work can start on our plot in Dubai next year.”

Commenting on the contracts, Dietmar Jähn, managing director of Facts and Fiction, added: “It is a dream come true and a great honour for us to have our concept chosen to represent Germany at the Expo in Dubai.”

Facts and Fiction previously designed Expo Milano 2015’s Monaco and Kazakhstan Pavilions, as well as the German presence at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea. Adunic also built pavilions at the Milan Expo, Koelnmesse said in its statement.

Meanwhile, Lava’s Middle East portfolio includes planning work for the Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, as well as architecture for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh.

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