Architecture – “We wanted to convey a true reflection of Luxembourg’s past, present, and future, while also presenting the country’s values: small but ambitious, intriguing yet reassuring, and above all generous and open.” Explain at Metaform Architects studio who designed the Luxembourg pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. What better inspiration than a Möbius strip, a loop, a single surface twisted with neither beginning nor end, symbolizing infinity and, most of all, the circular economy and diversity united as one.
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Sustainability is a key concept of the pavilion. Indeed, the steel and fiberglass architecture is made from 70% reused or recycled materials. Although the fiberglass membrane is difficult to recycle, the producer will ultimately reuse it.
Metaform Architects designed the Luxembourg pavilion to optimise the flow of visitors. Like a welcoming red carpet, a ramp invites people to discover the building, guiding them along a continuous path that blurs the limits between the exterior and interior. A variety of parallel visual connections are created on different levels and through different stages. Ambiances and moods shift instantaneously, sparking curiosity to learn more about the country.
In a didactic, interactive, and intuitive way, different projections and animations display the country and its people. Collectively, it creates a continuous flux of images from start to finish for experiences on the top second floor.
The ground floor accommodates a restaurant with an open kitchen, a gift shop and a VIP suite. The first floor, accessible directly from the main ramp, is a multi-functional space for concerts, receptions, conferences, and exhibitions. The second floor is dedicated to a space-themed exhibition. A slide down through the picturesque green patio concludes the journey in a fun and playful way to reach the earth again.
All photos by Steve Troes Fotodesign, courtesy of Metaform Architects.