The Spanish pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be made up of various multi-purpose spaces that visitors can use to explore, sit, read, congregate or even rest. They will function like small urban squares with catering services and shops, where people can spend time and enjoy the amenities.

The exhibition area is designed to be a basement space which will make use of the thermal and acoustic insulation that being underground provides. Both the open public spaces and the exhibition area will be connected via a large space where waiting will become part of the entertainment.

The intention is to bring visitors together in a surprising, dynamic and collaborative experience, to enjoy creative, scientific, technological, educational, artistic and philosophical projects, all with a Spanish flair that will serve both as a model and an inspiration.

The Spanish Pavilion will help to raise awareness about, and encourage, greater efficiency, energy saving and resource management. It will not simply be an efficient building, it will be constructed with sustainable materials that will be showcased to the pavilion’s visitors and other users.

The construction materials will include wood, iron and fabric that can be reused, and the pavilion’s conical shape will allow for increased air flow to keep it cool.

Located in Expo 2020’s Sustainability District, the pavilion aims to attract around 2.5 million visitors during the six months of the Expo.

The pavilion’s story will position Spain as an important nation on the international stage for the following reasons:

·         The co-existence of cultures: Different cultures have co-existed for centuries in Spain, with the period of Islamic rule from 711-1492 described as a 'golden age' of religious and ethnic tolerance between Muslims, Christians and Jews. Libraries, colleges and public baths were established during this period and literature, poetry and architecture flourished.

·         Geographical location and history: Since Expo 2020 is being held in an Arab nation, the pavilion will explore Spain’s Hispanic-Arab past and the contributions this community has made to the country’s scientific and technical expertise will be used as a source of inspiration.

·         A supportive, inclusive, creative and innovative country: For example, Spain is a world leader in organ donation and transplant, and both the European Union and the European Council have drawn up recommendations for member States to fully or partially implement the Spanish organ transplant system.

·         Appealing biodiversity and climate: Spain is one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world and considered one of the most biodiverse countries in Europe. Spanish coastal waters have a high level of biological diversity, with the southern Iberian Peninsula being especially rich in biodiversity and endemic species.

·         A rich and unique history: Spain was responsible for some of the earliest examples of globalisation, making the initial connection with Latin America and leading the first voyage around the Earth to confirm it was round, often seen as the beginning of modern science. Spain was at the forefront of a new era of discovery and exchange that marked a new period in human history.

·         A focus on Sustainability: The Spanish Pavilion will interpret sustainability in a holistic way, with an aspiration for the future based on developing ideas capable of finding a balance between man’s ever-growing needs and the systems that generate and maintain life on Earth. The Spanish pavilion will focus on sharing technological and practical innovations as well as new models for social, productive and economic organisation that can contribute to solving global issues.

 

Source: Asda’a BCW