Register: DEC/03/2018, Submit: DEC/03/2018, Eligibility: Individuals, legal entities, designers, architects, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 10,000 EUR, 2nd Prize 5,000 EUR, 3rd Prize 3,000 EUR
Nowadays, the Expo is no longer solely dedicated to the demonstration of industrial and technological innovations, but has become a global discussion forum aimed at finding solutions to the universal challenges of our time, such as urbanism (Expo Shanghai 2010) or food (Expo Milano 2015). The next World Expo will be organized in 2020 in Dubai under the overarching theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. This theme emphasizes the role of collaboration and partnership in contemporary society, highlighting the potential of mankind when people join to solve common challenges. The exhibition content will be organized in three sub-themes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. The sub-themes indicate the drivers of progress that continue to encourage people, organizations and nations in their efforts to create a better future.
For the first time in 150 years of history of this manifestation, the 2020 World Expo will be held in the MENA & SA (Middle East and North Africa & South Asia) region, and the first one to be hosted by an Arab nation. During the six months from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, the Expo aims to attract more than 25 million visits.
The competition is announced in order to deliver at the best concept design of the exhibition’s staging of the national pavilion of Montenegro at the Expo 2020 Dubai that will be adapted, in terms of its shape and function, to the space in question and whose proposed design will fulfill the following requirements:
- Respond, in an authentic and innovative way, to the theme of the Expo 2020 of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and the sub-theme of Sustainability;
- Provide a design that will present Montenegro in accordance with the Theme Statement, with special focus on national parks, natural resources, ecosystems and biodiversity of Montenegro;
- Provide an appropriate technical and technological design in accordance with the given space;
- Provide a sustainable and economically rational design.
PROGRAMMING BASELINES AND CONCEPT
The outward appearance, dimensions and certain functional units of the architecture of Montenegro’s pavilion are determined by the conditions provided by the Expo 2020 organizer. The pavilion of Montenegro will have two levels. At 427.70 m2, with the clearance height (slab to ceiling) 5.00 m (including 1 m MEP system), of the ground level, there will be the exhibition space and the gift shop space, while on the second level, above the exhibition space, there will be 378.97 m2 of office space, ancillary premises and a conference room. The second level of the pavilion is not the subject-matter of this competition.
The space covered by this competition is the space on the ground floor which should contain a permanent exhibition, information desk and a souvenir shop.
The competition entry should be an expression of the authorial concept as an interpretation of the theme stated in the Theme Statement, which serves as a conceptual platform. Moreover, the entry should respond to the theme of the Expo 2020 Dubai of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, as well as present the relation of contemporary Montenegro to the subtheme of Sustainability. The space should be of a representative character, contain characteristic elements of identity, express and ascribe validity to the values and specifics of Montenegro. The design solution should present exhibits which can incorporate content which will represent general and specific information about Montenegro. The design offered should allow for an organized visitor flow.
From the total 427.70 m2 the exhibition space surface area, up to 20% can be used for commercial activities, that is, for the souvenir shop. This space should be located in the pavilion area near the exit doors, i.e., after the exhibition space. Also, the author may choose to incorporate the store into the entire exhibition space.
The competition entry must be aligned with the project guide and architectural drawings which are included in the competition materials. Authors submitting competition entries are expected to offer a preliminary specification of materials to be used for the exhibition’s staging. Pavilion has must be returned to the Organizer in the same condition as it was received and the authors have to keep in mind that the exhibition has to be decommissioned after Expo event.