The Finnish pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai was named Snow Cape, or Lumi in Finnish, which means snow. The simple yet refined Finnish design reflects the fascinating tradition of Finnish architecture. Inspired by the white blanket of snow covering the Finnish landscape from autumn to spring, the Finnish pavilion resembles a snow-capped white Arabian tent, bringing together the icy landscapes of our country with the culture of the host country of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Award-winning Finnish architects JKMM created the architectural design for Snow Cape and Expomobilia (Switzerland) built the pavilion. JKMM Architects, also the architect of the Finland pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai, designed a simple but functional structure, ensuring that accessibility, openness and easy movement of people remain at the heart of the architectural concept.
Finnish components and materials play an essential role in the design of the Snow Cape pavilion. The soft and light facade fabric contrasts with the hard, brushed concrete of the entrance deck. The deck, spanning the height of the pavilion, will be a cool intermediate space to prepare visitors for a focused tour of the exhibition.
A hard granite floor will lead visitors to the heart of the pavilion, where they will find the Central Gorge, in which the warmth of the gently curving wooden surface will embrace them.
The central gorges
With the intention of replicating the natural gorges of Finland’s natural habitat, the Pavilion Gorge provides a serene natural space unlike the bustling environment of Expo 2020 Dubai. It offers a shaded retreat for visitors looking to reconnect with the peaceful sounds of nature. Enter the gorges and experience Finland with all your senses; breathe deeply and smell the fresh scent of wood. Soak up the natural light from above and enjoy the silence of the wooden hut.
A journey through Finnish happiness
The Finnish sense of happiness runs deeper than just pure joy. It is built on trust and security, a stable society, education and functionality. It is made possible by innovations in industry and society. Happiness is contentment and confidence in the future.
The Finnish Exhibition will share an in-depth history of Finland, providing visitors with experiences and information to present the foundations on which Finland’s happiness is built. This will include continuous development and innovation, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions and broad international cooperation.
Under the central theme âSharing future happinessâ and the sub-themes of circular economy, sustainability and innovation, our Snow Cape pavilion will present the pillars of Finnish happiness by highlighting the symbiosis of people, pure nature and technology. Visitors will take a journey through Finland’s main assets: education and craftsmanship, functionality and well-being, and nature and sustainability.
The Snow Cape pavilion will serve as a unique platform for trade and cultural relations between the UAE and Finland. For six months, the pavilion will host events organized by partner companies and industry leaders. Several themed days, VIP events and special celebrations, such as Finnish National Day and Christmas with Santa Claus from Lapland, will take place. In addition, we will work with other Nordic pavilions to promote the international conversation around circular economy solutions.
Finland, together with more than 100 Finnish companies, will participate in Expo 2020 Dubai. Finland is one of the leading countries in terms of innovation and technological know-how. The Finnish pavilion showcases cutting-edge clean technologies at a global level, a circular economy with sustainable use of resources, sustainable energy and digital solutions, mobile communications, machines, education, health and well-being, Finnish travel and design. www.finland-dubaiexpo2020.com