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JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion tops out at Dubai Expo 2020

United Arab Emirates Architecture News - Feb 19, 2020 - 17:22   7969 views

JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion tops out at Dubai Expo 2020

Helsinki-based architecture studio JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion has topped out at the Dubai Expo 2020, which will be held between 20 October, 2020 - 10 April, 2021 in Dubai. 

This week Dubai sees the topping out of the Expo 2020 Finland Pavilion called "Snow Cape" designed by JKMM Architects.

The Pavilion is located within Expo 2020 Dubai’s Mobility District and is built by Swiss construction specialist Expomobilia. Its sustainable snow inspired structure is one of the first of the Expo 2020 pavilions to be topped out.

JKMM Architects, which were also the architects of Finland’s pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010, have designed a simple yet iconic structure, ensuring memorable visitor experience remain at the core of the architectural concept.

JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion tops out at Dubai Expo 2020

Teemu Kurkela, founder and creative partner at JKMM Architects, explained the design concept of Snow Cape: "In designing the pavilion, we sought to bring a fragment of Finnish nature to UAE and Dubai. In Finnish, it is named Lumi, which means snow." 

"The pavilion was inspired by the thin white layer of first snow that covers the Finnish landscape in the beginning of every winter. The main entrance was inspired by a traditional Arabic tent. Two cultures meet in the architectural concept of the pavilion." 

"The central gorge space is covered with curved wooden surfaces. Hopefully, this will the best space in Expo for meeting face to face," the firm added.

JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion tops out at Dubai Expo 2020

Finland was the first country to create a road map to a circular economy and it has stayed true to these principles in the design and construction of Snow Cape. 

Sustainability has been a guiding theme throughout the design and construction process. With the exception of a limited number of Finnish materials being imported, Snow Cape is being built almost entirely using material from the local market, thereby reducing the environmental burden caused by unnecessary logistics and transportation.

The simple design of Snow Cape minimises unnecessary additional claddings, enabling us to reduce the overall use of materials. 80-85 percent of the materials used to build Snow Cape would be recycled and reused after Expo 2020 Dubai concludes in April 2021.

JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion tops out at Dubai Expo 2020

Image © Hannu Rytky

"The main theme of Snow Cape and Finland’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Finland – Sharing Future Happiness’. Finnish happiness is based on the symbiosis of people, nature and technology," said Severi Keinälä, Commissioner General of Finland at Expo 2020 Dubai.

"This deep connection is the origin of the quality of everyday Finnish life and the Finland pavilion communicates this happiness by taking visitors on a journey through Finland’s key strengths; nature and sustainability, education and know-how and functionality and wellbeing."

"We want visitors to Snow Cape to immerse themselves in our deep connection to nature and sustainability. The values of happiness, circular economy and innovations that are being showcased throughout the pavilion and exhibition design."

JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion tops out at Dubai Expo 2020

Concept diagram, five elements

Several Finnish companies have been actively involved in the construction of the Finnish pavilion. For example, the pavilion elevators will be provided by KONE and will be repurposed following the Expo. Halton Group will provide an air ventilation system inside the main exhibition.

JKMM Architects is an integrated design practice of architecture, interiors, furniture, graphic design and art. Based in Helsinki, JKMM is creating next generation modern Finnish design. 

JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion tops out at Dubai Expo 2020

Floor plan, Exhibition level

JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion tops out at Dubai Expo 2020

Floor plan, VIP and Conference level

JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion tops out at Dubai Expo 2020

Section A-A

JKMM Architects' sustainable Finland Pavilion tops out at Dubai Expo 2020

East elevation

Project facts

Project name: Finland Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Type: Competition, 1st prize 2018

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Status: Construction phase

Year: 2018-2021

Scale: Total gross floor area 1867 m2

Client: Business Finland

All images courtesy of JKMM Architects unless otherwise stated. 

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