Expo 2020: Dutch Pavilion to Have Edible Plants and Solar Powered Rain

  • Publish date: Monday، 19 April 2021
Expo 2020: Dutch Pavilion to Have Edible Plants and Solar Powered Rain
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“Uniting, Water, Energy, Food” are the words that represent the essence of the dazzling Dutch pavilion housing a vertical farm at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Believe it or not, there will be rain inside the pavilion powered by the sun which hits a giant cone blanketed with edible plants. Visitors will see plants grown, water harvested and electricity generated.

Expo 2020: Dutch Pavilion to Have Edible Plants and Solar Powered Rain

The architect and his team are selecting vibrant and fragrant edible plants including mint, tomato, lime leaves and fennel to wrap around the cone.

The incredible structure shelters mushrooms growing within will be ready by June. The 19-metre green cone called the biotope is a miniature world where the harsh, desert climate can be controlled naturally.

Rainmaker

The pavilion houses a solar-powered rain shower that captures moisture from the atmosphere and will harvest hundreds of litres of water daily to irrigate the greenery.

The water in the "rainmaker" will be cooled with solar energy and produce cool air that will lower the temperature within.

Expo 2020: Dutch Pavilion to Have Edible Plants and Solar Powered Rain

Hans Sandee, Consul General of the Netherlands in Dubai, told The National “Ninety per cent of the main construction has been completed and the final phase is expected to be concluded by the end of June,"

"The pavilion will be fully handed over by our contractor, Expomobilia by the end of August 2021."

Expo 2020: Dutch Pavilion to Have Edible Plants and Solar Powered Rain

Structure

The steel used in the construction was sourced from Dubai to reduce the carbon footprint.

Expo 2020: Dutch Pavilion to Have Edible Plants and Solar Powered Rain

The floor and wall panels in the lounge of the Dutch pavilion are made from mycelium, a bio-degradable fungi-based substance, to show how mushrooms can be repurposed as building material.

Expo 2020: Dutch Pavilion to Have Edible Plants and Solar Powered Rain