Construction of the New Zealand pavilion is making good progress and is on track to be completed according to schedule.
Situated in the Sustainability District, the New Zealand pavilion’s theme is Care for People and Place. The theme is derived from the indigenous Māori environmental ethos of kaitiakitanga which represents the inextricable connection and responsibility between people and the environment.
The 2,000 square metre pavilion designed by Jasmax architects, one of New Zealand's longest-established architecture and design practices, will feature an immersive visitor experience, a restaurant serving New Zealand cuisine and VIP hosting venues.
Rimond Middle East is the main contractor for the New Zealand Pavilion and completed the shell and core at the end of 2019. Rimond Middle East is also responsible for the build of Al Wasl Plaza – Expo 2020’s central dome.
Ground was broken on the New Zealand Pavilion site in May 2019 and was preceded by a Māori karakia, a blessing in line with indigenous custom, that was performed on site.
The architecture and design of the pavilion reflects the Care for People and Place theme and includes New Zealand sourced and manufactured materials as well as local UAE-sourced items that can be redeployed, recycled or returned.
The pavilion’s façade will be a highlight. Made from Kaynemaile, a lightweight, New Zealand-made material that is 100% recyclable and includes recycled materials in its composition. The façade will be recycled or repurposed at the end of Expo 2020 Dubai.
The interior walls of the pavilion’s restaurant and hosting venues will use sustainably harvested Abodo eco-timber battens, fins and panelling, showcasing New Zealand’s timber industry, the country’s third-largest export earner worth more than $4 billion a year.
“We are excited to see the progress of the New Zealand pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai site,” says Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to Expo 2020 Dubai.
“We can’t wait to share with New Zealand and the rest of the world what will be inside the pavilion – the story of how we Care for People and Place.”
There have been many construction milestones over the last nine months including 600 cubic metres of concrete poured and 80 tonnes of structural steelwork erected.
Currently, the New Zealand pavilion is 60% complete and is scheduled for completion in July.
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