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Estonia at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Steve Holland/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : KOKO Architects
Estonia at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Steve Holland/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : KOKO Architects
Estonia at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Steve Holland/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : KOKO Architects
Estonia at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Steve Holland/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : KOKO Architects
Estonia at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Steve Holland/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : KOKO Architects
Estonia at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Steve Holland/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : KOKO Architects
Estonia at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Steve Holland/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : KOKO Architects
Estonia at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Steve Holland/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : KOKO Architects

Located in the mobility district, the Estonia pavilion presents the country's online services and e-governance.

The pavilion showcases the e-solutions adopted by the country, and presents it as a laboratory where new ideas can be tested and start-ups launched.

Visitors can walk under "data clouds" created by a remarkable interior designer, a nod to the "cloud" that plays such an important role in Estonia's online interactions.

For those who are feeling peckish, the pavilion's restaurant offers Nordic cuisine with a twist: visitors can expect seasonal, fresh and natural products.

Estonia is looking to the past to shape its sustainable future, using proven natural materials to build its pavilion.

Estonia is proving that when it comes to creating a sustainable future, some solutions can be found in the past. Materials used for centuries can still help shape the buildings of tomorrow.

For example, clay is a natural material that has been used for thousands of years to build houses, and even fortresses and castles. It still works well today, is easy to maintain, antibacterial, fire resistant, able to contain heat and bind moisture. Clay was even used in the construction of the Estonian pavilion at the Expo, including the Taste of Estonia café, where the dining room extends along a clay wall that features the Expo's signature patterns.

Andres Kask, deputy commissioner general of the Estonian pavilion, believes that natural materials are important: "Nature is in our nature. We are very close to nature. Our way of life is in harmony with our environment."

The clay in the pavilion is the work of UKU - Pure Earth, one of the oldest natural building material companies in Scandinavia and the Baltic region, with roots going back three generations, and one of many companies involved in construction. UKU - Pure Earth offers a range of natural building and finishing products, including clay and lime plasters, choosing not to incorporate unnatural binders or stabilizers.

As Marko Kikas, CEO of UKU - Pure Earth, explains, "The production of concrete and cement is energy intensive - producing a clay plaster uses only two percent of the energy needed to produce the same amount of cement plaster. The difference in energy consumption is even greater between the production of clay bricks and so-called ordinary bricks. Scandinavian construction companies are already asking questions about life cycle analysis. I think the time will soon come when the ecological footprint will determine whether or not a building will get a permit."