CW Expo Series | David Spierings on #Expo2020's "Harvesting Machine"

EXCLUSIVE: The lead architect for the Netherlands Pavilion talks about "a pause in construction" to prioritise health and safety

Construction Week has been talking to experts within the industry as well as officials spearheading the participation of various countries at Expo 2020 Dubai, ever since the World Expo revealed its year-long postponement.

In the ninth episode of Construction Week's YouTube series — Expo Reaction — David Spierings, the lead architect for the Netherlands Pavilion, speaks to Construction Week's deputy editor Anup Oommen about what visitors can expect when they visit the "harvesting machine" from Oct. 1, 2021.

"People will be given a full sensory and interactive experience like no other. While the modern world is all about triggering the sense of sight by means of LCD, phone screens, and tablet screens, we want to offer a sensory experience that triggers all the senses," Spierings says.

"Our Pavilion is designed as a sustainable biotope - a harvesting machine - that allows visitors to experience the connection between water, energy, and food."

The Netherlands Pavilion has benefitted from the #Expo2020 year-long postponement and is now "working towards a temporary pause in the whole construction of the Pavilion" as it prioritises health and safety.

"From July onwards, we're planning to halt construction until the beginning of January 2021. By the time we start this pause of our construction in July, about 80% of the total building will be completed," Spierings adds. 

For more details about the conversation with Expomobilia's CCO, watch the video on Construction Week’s YouTube channel.

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