Progress has been noted on the construction of the New Zealand Pavilion of Expo 2020 Dubai, with the team behind the construction of the spiral-shaped building – comprsing Abu Dhabi-based Italian builder Cimolai Rimond Middle East and UK-headquartered consultancy Mott Macdonald – recording more than 30,000 safe man-hours without lost-time injury (LTI) at the site.
Designed by local architecture firm Jasmax, storytelling for the pavilion is being implemented by Auckland- and Sydney-based creative agency Special Group.
The pavilion is located within the World Expo’s Sustainability District.
Construction Update— New Zealand at Expo 2020 (@NZatExpo) October 8, 2019
Check out theprogress of the New Zealand Pavilion for #Expo2020 in our time lapse video. More than 30,000 man-hourscompleted on site so far, thanks to our construction partner @Cimolai_Rimond. https://t.co/TlVELuTy92https://t.co/Ia8ruEIoie
The Kiwi project is being built at a cost of $34.8m (AED128m), which has been allocated for the design, construction, operation, and promotion of the pavilion by the country’s government.
Ground was broken on the pavilion in May 2018 by New Zealand's Ambassador to the UAE, Matthew Hawkins; commissioner-general to Expo 2020 Dubai, Clayton Kimpton; Expo 2020 Dubai’s executive director of bureau, Najeeb Al Ali; and vice president for international participants, Maha Al Gargawi.
The architectural concept of the Kiwi pavilion is inspired by New Zealand’s waka taonga, made by the indigenous people of the country, called Māori. Work on the pavilion is expected to be completed by mid-2020.