By Sam Bridge
Senior French officials give construction update on its pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai
France's pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is rapidly taking shape and is on track to be handed over in September, weeks before the event starts, it has been announced.
The construction timeline was revealed as Expo organisers welcomed senion French officials including Erik Linquier, General Commissioner and Philippe Mille, pavilion director to the site in the Mobility District.
“With the support of our talented team that have 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 2020, with a complete handover shortly before the launch.
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”, said Mille.
Structural works have been completed for the pavilion with the blockworks nearing completion and MEP work currently on-going at the site.
Work will start on the assembly of photovoltaic tiles at the end of March, followed by installations of LED panels mid-April. Scenography, which is a key differentiating element of the pavilion, will start set-up at the end of June, and assembly of shops and restaurants will commence by the end of July.
“We are excited to witness the progress that is under way in full swing on French pavilion... 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," added Linquier, who is also president of the Compagnie Française des Expositions (COFREX), a company created for French participation in exhibitions.
The French 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.
The pavilion will have a 2,700 sq m external façade covered with photovoltaic panels. Inside, it will include a 1,160 sq m French-style garden structured in four squares.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the pavilion ambassadors will be Jessica Préalpato, an award-winning pastry chef, and Thomas Pesquet, a French astronaut.