Sweden's Expo 2020 Pavilion to use only natural resources, says lead architect

Published: 16 February 2020 - 4:05 a.m.
By: Staff writer

The lead architect behind the Swedish Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has said that the utilisation of a country’s natural resources, via climate-conscious and sustainable means, is vital in design and creation, WAM has reported.

Alessandro Ripellino of Alessandro Ripellino Arkitekter, one of the three companies involved in the design of the Swedish Pavilion, said that the structure, 'The Forest', which is currently being built in Dubai, is a "zero-energy pavilion." Covering a total area of 2,380 sq m, the structure of the pavilion - which spans 340 sq m - is made entirely of wood.

The lead architect said that, together with the Swedish government, the manifest was decided to create an "unusual building" where no concrete, aluminium or iron is used, except for the screws holding the building elements together.

He also added that apart from fire retardant treatments for the wood, no other chemicals would be used in the construction of the building.

First arriving in Sweden in the 1980s, Ripellino, an Italian native said he was taken aback by the vastness of the country.

According to the design manifest, the design theme describes the Swedish identity, with its collaborative culture and traditions. It represents an exceptional symbol of co-creation based on mutual assistance, support and respect, with "a touch of metaphorical magic".

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