World Expo 2020 Dubai

Connecting Minds, Building the Future

October 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022


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Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY at night: Façade
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Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY: Side view.
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Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY: Side view.
Architect(s) : LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY: Front
Architect(s) : LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY: Exhibition, “Biodiversity Lab”
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Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY: Exhibition, ”Energy Lab”
Architect(s) : LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY: Exhibition, ”Future City Lab”
Architect(s) : LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY: Exhibition, ”Germany by numbers”
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Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY: Atrium
Architect(s) : LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY: Stage
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Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion CAMPUS GERMANY: Restaurant
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Germany at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The German Pavilion: Exploded diagram
Architect(s) : LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

The German pavilion, named Campus Germany, is designed as a university campus, and is therefore a forward-looking place of knowledge, learning and human interaction. It focuses on one of the sub-themes of the exhibition: Sustainability.
The aim of the pavilion is to have fun, and to be entertained while raising awareness of global issues.
The German energy revolution "Energiewende" has become a worldwide reference. This impulse is continued by Campus Germany.
The architecture designed by LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) for the German pavilion also reflects the underlying idea of the Campus. Rather than a building in the traditional sense, it is a vertical collection of building volumes, surrounded by a connecting element, much like a park surrounds a campus, but vertically.
This profusion of structures represents Germany's federal system and the diversity of its industrial and research sectors. The stacked cubes create an alternation between open and closed spaces, a concept reminiscent of the Habitat 67 architectural project in Montreal.
The atrium is the real heart of the pavilion: a green and open space, offering many surprising perspectives and panoramic views. A place where many things happen at the same time in the exhibition, on the stage and in the restaurant.

Exhibition
The German pavilion makes the wait more pleasant by giving an interesting insight into the federal structure of Germany and its 16 federal states. There is a showcase for each of them, with fun facts and features about them.
As with all campuses, registration is required. So visitors enter their first name, country of origin and preferred language of communication (German, Arabic or English) at a terminal. Each visitor then receives a name badge, which plays an important role in their journey through CAMPUS Germany.
An "introductory event" in the reception hall explains the theoretical concept behind the German pavilion: "Welcome to the Anthropocene, the era of human impact! Our aim in Dubai is to show that instead of having a destructive impact on our planet, humanity has the capacity - through its intelligence and creativity - to put global development back on a positive track if, as the Expo theme suggests, people join forces. "
Then you enter the Welcome Hall, a huge pit containing 150,000 balls telling a story. Each one presents a statistic or highlights a champion in the field of sustainability in Germany. Visitors simply choose a ball and place it on one of the scanners to see a short presentation.
CAMPUS Germany also takes visitors on a journey through an energy lab, a future city lab and a biodiversity lab. Everyone follows this 'programme', which gives them the opportunity to gradually deepen their knowledge. Once they have become 'experts' in these three areas, visitors will be considerably closer to the goal of sustainable living.
The various exhibition spaces have been designed to create an impressive and immersive experience. In the darkened energy laboratory, 'energy cables' (light beams) illuminate desks presenting energy supply solutions for the future. In the City of the Future Laboratory, visitors become part of a complex urban landscape that completely surrounds them. In the Biodiversity Laboratory, they discover the beauty and vulnerability of nature under a suspended installation with magnificent proportions. Each laboratory creates an immersive experience that remains etched in the minds of visitors, but also on thousands of smartphones and, probably, on social media.
At the end of the visit, everyone has completed their CAMPUS Germany study programme. It's time to celebrate their success! At the grand finale in the graduation hall at the end of the Campus tour, the visitors will have realised that there is more that unites them than divides them. They all sit on one of the swing seats, where their task is to swing the seats in unison - with the help of one of our hosts or hostesses. The message is that even the smallest of movements (minimal action so to speak) can achieve great things if we act together.

Restaurant
The staff of the catering company Angerer & Obermayr Messegastronomie is there to welcome visitors.
The menu of the German restaurant offers typical dishes from all over Germany. Main courses include "Sauerbraten" beef with "Spätzle" pasta and red cabbage with apples, "Königsberger Klöpse" meatballs with caper sauce and rice, and vegetarian dishes such as "Maultasche" vegetarian ravioli with julienne vegetables and potato salad. The dessert selection includes "Bayrisch Creme" (Bavarian cream) with berry sauce and fresh fruit, "Rote Grütze" (red berry compote with custard sauce) and warm apple crumble with sultanas, honey and nuts. Snack options include a beef sausage "Currywurst" with potato wedges.
A German restaurant would not be a German restaurant without German beer and wine. So alcohol is served in the German restaurant at Expo 2020 in Dubai.
The restaurant, which seats 250 guests, is spread over three levels. In addition to the indoor rooms on the ground and first floors, there is an outdoor area with benches and tables in a modern version of the German "beer garden". The second floor also houses three private dining rooms, each with seating for 15 people.
From all three levels, guests have a direct view of the atrium and stage, but also of what is happening outside on the Expo site.
The three-storey restaurant complex is open and inviting and can be accessed from outside, from the atrium or after the grand finale, allowing visitors to recharge their batteries before actively returning to the Expo route to continue their journey around the world...