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A rendering of the German Pavilion at Expo 2020.

A rendering of the German Pavilion at Expo 2020.

Swiss firm to build German Pavilion at Expo 2020


A consortium comprising Cologne-based agency facts and fiction and Swiss construction company Adunic has won the bid to design and build the German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

While facts and fiction will be responsible for content, exhibition and media design, building the pavilion will be Adunic's job and architecture will be designed by Berlin firm Lava.

"We're delighted to have won the German Pavilion contest," said Dietmar Jahn, managing director at facts and fiction, commenting on the selection committee's decision. "It's a dream come true and a great honour for us to have our concept chosen to represent Germany at the Expo in Dubai."

An EU-wide notice of tender was published back in September 2017, inviting teams to apply to design the concept and to plan and build the interior and exterior of the German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai. The brief also included the technical management of the pavilion during the World Expo from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021 and the dismantling of the pavilion after the event. Initially, applicants were asked to draw up a high-level concept.

This was followed by a second phase, in which a 17-member selection committee (made up of representatives of various federal ministries, trade/industry associations and experts on Expo and regional matters) chose five interdisciplinary teams to put through to the next phase - the design of a detailed concept for the German Pavilion.

"The awarding of the contract to facts and fiction and Adunic marks the end of a 10-month process. We are happy that things can now progress and building work can start on our plot in Dubai next year," said Dietmar Schmitz from Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

As commissioner general of the German Pavilion, Schmitz is responsible for the country's presence in Dubai. He is head of the "Policy on fairs and exhibitions, expo participations" division at the Ministry and has been involved in World Exhibitions across the globe over the course of many years.

Lava, an international team of architects with offices in Berlin, Stuttgart and Sydney and a wealth of experience, has worked on a wide variety of major projects around the world. In the Middle East, for instance, Lava helped plan the Masdar eco city in Abu Dhabi and also designed the architecture for the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

facts and fiction and Adunic were selected on the basis of the tender criteria. The main requirement was to take the Expo theme of "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" and the sustainability sub-theme 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 not be presented in Germany until a press conference at Koelnmesse in Cologne on September 4, to be followed by a second press conference at the Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in Dubai on September 19.

Koelnmesse is the company that will be organising and running the German Pavilion at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Expo 2020 Dubai expects to welcome 25 million visits during the six months of the event, from 20 October, 2020 to 10 April, 2021. About 70 per cent of visitors are projected to come from outside the UAE – the highest international proportion in the 167-year history of World Expos. – TradeArabia News Service

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