Baden-Württemberg is presenting its own building at Expo2020 in Dubai. This is an opportunity to present the state and its tradition of innovation.
The concept is based on the tradition of Baden-Württemberg and its current technological innovation. Another distinctive feature of the building is that it creates a bridge to the host country in terms of design and content. The building uses local, sustainable building materials and is inspired by the rich history of Arabic geometry and ornamentation in its construction. After the Expo, the building will be relocated to a new site that has not yet been determined. The building structure must therefore be capable of responding to an as yet unknown urban situation. This offers a unique opportunity to present a structure that can actually be rebuilt, reused and adapted. It is also why the Baden-Württemberg building for the Expo in Dubai is based on the principles of Cradle to Cradle and circular construction.
The load-bearing shell of the building is formed by a self-reinforcing load-bearing structure consisting of a repetitive series of trusses and nodal points. This can be prefabricated by computer in Baden-Württemberg. The compact component dimensions and low weight make it easy to transport. In addition, construction tolerances can be minimised and a short installation time is ensured.
Clay is a natural building material that can be continuously recycled. The building material is available on site and is deeply rooted in the building tradition of the Arab world. In addition, it has excellent material performance, demonstrating humidity-regulating and climatically active properties through its mass. The on-site prefabrication of the clay elements enables a parallel construction process and the use of local knowledge and building resources. An innovation cooperation with the partner country is currently underway.