An excellent architectural design with a characteristic kinetic sculpture, professional implementation and environmentally friendly solutions – this is how the Polish Pavilion can be described in a nutshell, at Expo Dubai 2020 ending today.
The consortium of Grupa MTP and FM Aldentro was responsible for the construction of the pavilion, which is Poland’s showcase at the world exhibition.
“The rain of awards confirms that the cooperation between the various entities involved in the construction of the Polish Pavilion was exemplary. We would like to thank the general investor – Polish Investment and Trade Agency for their trust, and Pracownia Architektoniczna WXCA – for a wonderful project, ”says Tomasz Kobierski, President of the Management Board of Grupa MTP.
Award for the best large pavilion
The Polish exhibition received the award for the best large pavilion in the EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2020 competition and the title of the most beautiful pavilion awarded by “The National”. On March 30, these awards were joined by a silver medal in the prestigious Dubai Official Participant Awards in the “Exhibition Design Self-built pavilions” category, organised by Bureau International des Expositions, the organisation responsible for selecting the host countries of the future Expo.
The Polish Pavilion with a wooden facade and a characteristic kinetic sculpture symbolising a flock of birds is one of the most characteristic and popular Expo buildings. The unique façade has been designed, constructed and installed by experts from the Veki company. In six months our national presentation was visited by over a million visitors.
“It is rare for a building that looks amazing in visuals to be as good or even better in reality. I would like to thank our general contractors, i.e. the consortium of Grupa MTP and FM Aldentro. Thank you for making this building our stamp on the Expo 2020 passport, “said Adrian Malinowski, general commissioner of the Polish section of the EXPO World Exhibition in Dubai 2020, during the opening of the Polish Pavilion.
Professional implementation in extreme conditions
The construction of the Polish pavilion began in December 2019. 30 Polish employees were involved in it – wood specialists, assemblers, carpenters and a coordinating team, as well as about 200 local engineers, foremen and employees of a local contractor.
“One of the biggest challenges has been adapting to Dubai’s hot, humid and windy climate. During construction, the temperature difference between winter Poland and the UAE was at times almost 40 degrees. In summer, thermometers showed record results, and the temperature reached even 50 degrees.
Professionals performing physical work had to quickly adapt the body to activity in such conditions – explains Tomasz Kobierski. – The challenge was to transport all building materials and interior furnishings to the UAE. We sent as many as 53 transports, mainly by sea. Building materials took up as many as 20 containers. Some of the elements necessary for the construction and equipment of the pavilion were transported by air – in cargo planes and even in passenger units.
Less obvious transports were also brought to Dubai, incl. plants making up one of the zones for presenting Poland “Inspired by nature”. Black currants, hops, nettles or impatiens – they had to travel thousands of kilometres for the exhibition. In total, in seven large pots, almost 70 species of plants, naturally occurring in Poland, are presented here. Garte was responsible for the delivery and arrangement of the plant compositions.
Environmentally friendly solutions were used in the building. Classic photovoltaic panels were installed on the entire roof surface. In addition, a system with innovative perovskite cells manufactured by the Polish company Saule Technologies was also used. The installation consists of 20 vertical linear photovoltaic strips elements. Thanks to the ink-jet printing technology, thin and flexible perovskite cells are integrated directly into the facade of the pavilion and adapted to its architectural style.
The energy they generate is used to charge phones. Thanks to this, each visitor of the pavilion can use the generally accessible USB connectors, and thus green energy. It is an invention that is to revolutionise photovoltaics, and its inventor is the Polish physicist Olga Malinkiewicz.
Greywater installation was another environmentally friendly solution. Thanks to it, sewage from wash basins was cleaned and reused in toilets.
The Polish Investment and Trade Agency was responsible for preparing Poland’s presence at the World Exhibition Expo 2020 in Dubai. The WXCA studio together with the Bellprat Partner studio are responsible for the development of the design and the architectural and thematic concept of the pavilion and the exhibition.
The consortium of Science Now, Stellar Fireworks and Tellart, which is also the originator of the “Polish Table” and zone V “Poland, is responsible for the detailed concept of the exhibition narrative, key experiences and the production of all multimedia materials. Landscapes of creativity ”. The General Contractor of the Polish Pavilion is the consortium Grupa MTP – FM Aldentro.
Expo 2020 in Dubai is the first world exhibition to take place in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region. It is the world’s largest gathering since the Covid-19 pandemic, bringing together over 190 countries from around the world and over 23 million visits since its gates opened on October 1, 2021.
Source: PAP Mediaroom photo: expo.gov.pl