Dutch pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 will use plant tower to create its own microclimate

A “closed-loop climate system” centred around a tower of plants will feature in the Netherlands’ pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020.

The Dutch pavilion is being created by V8 Architects, collaborating with Expomobilia, Kossmann Dejong and Witteveen+Bos, in the expo’s sustainability district.

At the centre of the building will be a huge cone-shaped structure covered in concentric rings of plants. This will allow the space to function as a biotope – a naturally controlled environment with its own microclimate.

“We’ve designed a pavilion, which is more a biotope than a building,” said the design team in a video preview, “a miniature world, where the climate is controlled naturally. Where water, energy and food are intrinsically linked.”

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