First Look At Expo 2020 Dubai Design Concept

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    Heidi North

    We are proud to be delivering the New Zealand Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai as lead designer in a multi-disciplinary design team consortium with Special Group and MottMacDonald. The Jasmax team is led by Matthew Glubb.

    The pavilion theme is kaitiakitanga, our care for people and place and for future generations. The pavilion was inspired by waka taonga, receptacles made by Māori to safe-guard items of considerable intrinsic value. The beautifully carved containers, which included waka huia and papahou are important cultural symbols for protection and the maintenance of values and practices. They were also gifted to consolidate relationships, create new partnerships and maintain traditions and stories from one generation to the next.

    The architectural concept was a way of signifying bringing people together and it reflects the Connecting Minds, Creating the Future theme of Expo 2020. At Expo 2020, we will present our waka taonga, a receptacle for essential aspects of our country’s identity and values. The structure celebrates culture, architecture and engineering and reflects New Zealand's spirit of innovation and high-tech production. New Zealand’s gift to the world is our kaitiakitanga, our unique approach to sustainability, our care for people and place and for future generations.

    The United Arab Emirates will host 180 countries and 25 million visitors to Dubai for a six month World Expo from October 2020. Participating nations will showcase their economic and trade capabilities alongside their culture and values.

    For more details of the $53 m project see some of the coverage here:

    NZ Herald, Plans released for New Zealand's $53m World Expo Dubai exhibit.

    Arabian Business, First Look: New Zealand's $53m Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion.

    Revealed: New Zealand's sustainability-focused Expo 2020 pavilion.

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