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Consortium wins contract for Expo 2020 Dubai Finland Pavilion

Companies from the UAE, US, Switzerland, and Finland make up the project team for the Finland Pavilion

Architects behind the Finland Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai say the building's entrance resembles a tent.
Architects behind the Finland Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai say the building's entrance resembles a tent.

A five-strong consortium has signed a design and build contract for the snowscape-style Finland Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Expomobilia, JKMM Architects, Factor Nova, Beyond Limits, and Five Currents will construct a pavilion they call the 'Snow Cape' due to its design, which reflects the Scandinavian country's snow-covered landscape during winter.

The Finland Pavilion building team will be responsible for the entire lifecycle of the project. Switzerland-based Expomobilia is the main construction contractor and will oversee planning and project management.

UAE consultancy Beyond Limits will support the main contractor by advising on design, delivery, and decommissioning.

WATCH: Drone footage shows Expo 2020 Dubai construction site

JKMM Architects from Helsinki, Finland, alongside Expomobilia, will lead concept, planning, and execution.

US-headquartered Five Currents and Factor Nova from Finland created the pavilion design. It will resemble a tent blanketed in snow, a nod to the Middle East's nomadic traditions.

Finnish design and innovation, coupled with Arabic-style visuals, will help to create an aesthetic that blends the unique cultural heritage of Finland and the UAE. Local Finnish materials will be used for the pavilion's construction.

READ: Oman unveils nature-inspired design for Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

A wooden open space carved within the heart of the pavilion will look to inspire the millions of visitors at the expo to think  “out of the box”, the building team behind Snow Cape said. It will also be an homage to a nation that is often described as the 'land of a thousand lakes'.

More than a dozen participating countries at Expo 2020 Dubai have unveiled pavilion plans for the expo, which begins in October 2020.

In the last 30 days alone, Oman, Pakistan, and Poland have revealed their respective pavilion designs. More than 180 nations are set to attend Expo 2020 Dubai, and the development of country pavilions has steadily increased as project planners attempt to have all major construction completed in October 2019, leaving 12 months for testing and preparation.

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