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Besix to build Expo 2020 Dubai's mobility-inspired France Pavilion

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Besix will build Expo 2020 Dubai's France Pavilion.
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Besix will build Expo 2020 Dubai's France Pavilion.

The design for Expo 2020 Dubai's France Pavilion has been revealed to feature a theme focused on light and mobility, with Belgian construction giant Besix set to build the project.

Work on the French pavilion will commence in May 2019, with its foundation to be laid before the end of Q1 2019. Pavilion completion is due in September 2020, one month before Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors on 20 October, 2020.

A group of 10 companies comprising architects, scenographers, sound technicians, and construction companies will work on the project.

Besix, which is also building Expo 2020 Dubai’s Belgium Pavilion, will deliver construction and layout services, while Atelier du Prado and Celnikier & Grabli have formulated the project's design.

Parts of the pavilion will be built using prefabricated and factor-made modules to boost construction efficiencies of both time and materials. 

Erik Linquier, general commissioner for the pavilion's development team, said the pavilion will display the ways in which digitisation can support mobility and foster the development of smart cities.

Linquier revealed that the pavilion will have a built-up-area of 5,100m2 within Expo 2020 Dubai's Mobility thematic district. Led by developer-operator Cofrex, the project will aim to demonstrate the European nation’s public policies and private initiatives.

The pavilion's design focuses on controlling light sources, and features an insulating and airtight building envelope.

Façade screens spanning 1,800m2 have been planned for the French pavilion's interiors, with a 1,000m2 shaded front yard also included in the design. Four gardens will be developed as part of the project, which will feature a fixed canopy 20m above ground-level.

Otelio, the sustainable development and engineering subsidiary of French firm Oteo Ingénierie, is delivering sustainability planning for the project.

The indoor and outdoor spaces of Expo 2020 Dubai's France Pavilion will be shielded with solar panels to produce electricity for up to 80% of the structure's power needs.

A water treatment plant will be installed to recycle water and meet the pavilion's irrigation and bathroom water needs, cutting fresh-water requirements by 30%.

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