2020 Expo Dubai Swedish Pavilion: The Forest

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2020 Expo Dubai Swedish Pavilion

Event + Exhibition Architecture, UAE: News – design by team of three architects studios

9 Oct 2019

2020 Expo Dubai Swedish Pavilion Building

Location: Sustainability District, South Dubai, UAE

Design: Alessandro Ripellino Architects, Studio Adrien Gardère and Luigi Pardo Architetti

The Forest – A fusion of dense Nordic woodland and Arabic geometric design, bringing together two cultures:
2020 Expo Dubai Swedish Pavilion: The Forest
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Sweden breaks ground at Expo 2020 Dubai by a tree planting ceremony

  • On 8 October 2019, the construction of Sweden’s pavilion at the Expo 2020 world exhibition in Dubai officially started. But instead of a traditional ground breaking with a shovel put into the ground, Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg planted trees at the start of the construction of the Swedish pavilion. Tree planting is part of the theme of the Swedish pavilion “The Forest” and resonates with the ambition to build the pavilion entirely in wood to minimize its impact on the climate.
  • Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to welcome 25 million visits from across the world, and Sweden’s pavilion will showcase the best of Swedish innovation and why co-creation for innovation is key to achieve inclusive, sustainable and long-lasting prosperity.

Today, Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade, Ms. Anna Hallberg, performed a tree planting ceremony at Expo 2020 Dubai, officially marking the beginning of the construction of the Swedish pavilion The Forest.

Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau and Swedish minister for Foreign Trade, Anna Hallberg at today’s ceremony. Tree planting resonates with the ambition to build the pavilion entirely in wood to minimize its impact on the climate.

The Swedish pavilion The Forest. Building the pavilion itself in a renewable material is completely in line with both Swedish priorities and the strong climate focus on the world exhibition, says Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg.

To highlight the strong focus on sustainability in the Swedish pavilion, especially in a region with a tough climate for plant cultivation where tree removal rarely is regarded as something positive, the Swedish Expo organization had produced a film in which Sweden’s sustainable and large-scale forest cultivation was shown. In the film, the one-hundred invited guests at the tree planting were able to travel to the vast plains of the region Dalarna where the trees for the Swedish pavilion were picked up last spring. For each tree harvested for the pavilion, three new ones will be planted. The Swedish pavilion will be located in Expo 2020’s sustainability district.

Film: Tree felling in Sweden

Travel to the vast plains of the region Dalarna where the trees for the Swedish pavilion were picked up last spring. For each harvested tree, three new ones will be planted:

Ground planting from SwedenExpo2020Dubai on Vimeo.

Photos: Felix Öhlund

One of the 350 trees marked with no.22 reserved for the Swedish pavilion The Forest.

– Our pavilion will showcase the best that Sweden has to offer within research and innovation. Building the pavilion itself in a renewable material is completely in line with both Swedish priorities and the strong climate focus of the world exhibition, says Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg.

During the Ground Planting ceremony, Minister Hallberg addressed Sweden’s strong focus on combining innovative solutions with sustainable practices as being the main reason for building the Swedish pavilion in the sustainability district of the Expo 2020 site. She also underscored the importance of global co-creation – an essential part of Sweden’s theme – Co-creation for Innovation.

Tree no.22 – The 350 trees marked with no.22 felled for Expo 2020 Dubai, the Swedish pavilion The Forest:
tree no.22 felled for Expo 2020 Dubai, the Swedish pavilion The Forest
photo : Felix Öhlund

“I am very proud to witness the ground-breaking for the construction of Sweden’s pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai – in just one year the eyes of the world will be focused on the UAE and this will be an opportunity for the country to showcase state-of-the-art technology and innovative and sustainable solutions. The image of Sweden is very positive in UAE, generally associated with nature and beautiful landscapes as well as the strong recycling culture. We want to show that Sweden is also an innovative and prominent hi-tech country with world-leading companies and that there are major business and collaboration opportunities.” says H.E. Ambassador Henrik Landerholm.

From left: Soprano singer Hannah Holgersson, Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg, Commissioner General Anders Lönnberg and H.E. Ambassador Henrik Landerholm.

Sweden’s theme is “Co-creation for Innovation“. Anders Lönnberg is the Commissioner General for the Swedish Expo organization: “Swedes have for a long time collaborated and co-created. It is natural in Sweden that if we utilize knowledge from all sectors and put it together into something new, you can do a lot of good, both for us in Sweden and abroad. Co-creation for innovation therefore becomes a natural theme in our pavilion.”

The Swedish pavilion, the Forest, won an architectural competition and is designed by a team of three agencies from three different countries, which itself is indeed a very successful co-creation; Alessandro Ripellino Architects, Studio Adrien Gardère and Luigi Pardo Architetti.

“Beautiful and enchanting, it is a fusion of dense Nordic woodland and Arabic geometric design, bringing together two cultures. At ground level, public areas house the exhibition and café, while offices and conference rooms are raised aloft – like tree houses – forming a roof over parts of the pavilion”, said by the jury when announcing the winners.

The tree planting ceremony in Dubai

Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau and Swedish minister for Foreign Trade, Anna Hallberg at today’s ceremony. Tree planting resonates with the ambition to build the pavilion entirely in wood to minimize its impact on the climate:

2020 Expo Dubai Swedish Pavilion tree planting ceremony in Dubai
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A fusion of dense Nordic woodland and Arabic geometric design, bringing together two cultures.

The Swedish pavilion consists of five themes: Next generation’s travel and transport, Smart cities, Circular and bio-based economy, Life science, and A connected industry and new materials.

The Forest will promote Sweden as a world-class partner and location for trade, investment and tourism.

Minister for Foreign Trade, Ms. Anna Hallberg:

– Expo 2020 in Dubai provides a global platform to showcase the Swedish ambition for the future. Through a strong collaboration between the government, private sector, academia and civil society, the Swedish pavilion will present the very best and innovative solutions that are necessary to meet tomorrow’s challenges. For Sweden’s National Expo Day, 15 December 2020, we have something very special planned in the true spirit of Alfred Nobel and with high-level attendance. Don’t miss that!

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The Forest – Sustainability in practice in the Swedish pavilion.

The Swedish pavilion the Forest, located in the sustainability district, has a three-step effect in durability. By using alternative materials instead of concrete and steel, we expect to save 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Furthermore, the Forest combines the two ways to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: by reducing emissions, or by extracting an additional 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it – reducing ‘carbon sources’ and increasing ‘carbon sinks’.

Building the pavilion itself in a renewable material is completely in line with both Swedish priorities and the strong climate focus on the world exhibition, says Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg.

Tree planting resonates with the ambition to build the pavilion entirely in wood to minimize its impact on the climate.

From left: Soprano singer Hannah Holgersson, Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg, Commissioner General Anders Lönnberg and H.E. Ambassador Henrik Landerholm:

2020 Expo Dubai Swedish Pavilion tree planting ceremony
photo : Expo 2020 Dubai

2020 Expo Dubai Swedish Pavilion images / information received from Expo2020, Stockholm, Sweden

Location: Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE




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