French Expo 2020 pavilion set for September completion

March 7, 2020

French authorities have announced that work is progressing at a steady pace on its country pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.

Designed by the Atelier du Prado Architects and Celnikier & Grabli, the French Pavilion has light as one of the key inspirations.

The France Pavilion will be a symbol of the country's participation in this global event, an emblem of the promotion of French innovation and experiential space for all visitors.

The design of the pavilion is based on the three pillars of bio-climatism: Controlling solar gains, providing a highly insulating waterproof envelope, and limiting the use of fossil fuels as much as possible.

'With the support of our talented team that has been working non-stop, as well as the immense support we have received from the team at Expo, we anticipate construction to conclude by June, with a complete handover shortly before the launch,' stated Philippe Mille, the pavilion director.

The concept of the pavilion will bring to the forefront the interactivity and participation of all, which is an integral part of our public journey designed to interact with all types of visitors,' he said, while visiting the Expo 2020 construction site in Dubai.

Mille was accompanied by Erik Linquier, General Commissioner and architects Bernard Mauplot from Atelier du Prado and Jacob Celnikier from Celnikier & Grabli during the tour.

The French pavilion, which will come up over a 2,700 sq m area, boasts external façade covered with photovoltaic panels. It is this façade and a canopy, hanging at an altitude of 15 m and drawing a sky of 1,500 sq m, that will form an artificial screen and sky.

This inturn, will become dematerialised day and night in an invitation and a prelude to the 'Light, Enlightenments' journey that the pavilion unfolds within it.

Linquier said the pavilion will promote the French innovation model, which makes it possible to conciliate sustainable development and international business competitiveness for connected and sustainable cities and territories, serving the citizen and the common good.

'The pavilion will express, through its name, 'Light, Enlightenments', France's singular and innovative vision in terms of ecological and inclusive transition, combining a strong architectural gesture with an innovative immersive scenography,' he added.

Earlier this year, the France Pavilion announced its ambassadors: Jessica Préalpato, an award-winning pastry chef, and Thomas Pesquet, a French astronaut with the ESA, said Linquier.

These representatives embody the country’s vision for Expo 2020 Dubai and their involvement with the project and the contribution of their expertise will enable France to shine on the international stage, he added.

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