“Utilising natural resources” essential for sustainable design, says Swedish Pavilion lead

Covering a total area of 2,380 square metres, the building structure of the pavilion - which spans 340 square metres - is made entirely of wood.

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Alessandro Ripellino of Alessandro Ripellino Arkitekter.
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Alessandro Ripellino of Alessandro Ripellino Arkitekter.

The lead architect behind the Swedish Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has said that the utilisation of a country’s natural resources is essential for sustainable design and construction.

Alessandro Ripellino of Alessandro Ripellino Arkitekter, one of the three companies involved in the design of the Swedish Pavilion, said that the structure, 'The Forest', which is currently being built in Dubai, is a "zero-energy pavilion.”

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"I think to build with wood is one of the ways we can get to work with respect to climate change. To go all the way in this direction ... gives a feeling that something [is being done] for the planet. This is the Swedish way," he said an exclusive interview with state-held news agency Wam, on the sidelines of Stockholm Design Week.

Covering a total area of 2,380 square metres, the building structure of the pavilion - which spans 340 square metres - is made entirely of wood.

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The lead architect told Wam, his team wanted to create an "unusual building" where no concrete, aluminium or iron is used, except for the screws holding the building elements together.

Barring the use of fire retardant treatments for the wood, no other chemicals would be used in the construction of the building, Ripellino said.

Alessandro Ripellino Arkitekter, together with Studio Adrien Gardère and Luigi Pardo Architetti, the winning proposal for Sweden's Expo 2020 pavilion was developed with the theme 'Co-creation for Innovation’.

According to the pavilion design brief, the theme describes the Swedish identity, with its collaborative culture and traditions. It represents an exceptional symbol of co-creation based on mutual assistance, support and respect, with a touch of metaphorical magic.

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