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Jasmax reveals concept design for New Zealand pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

Auckland-based architecture studio Jasmax has revealed the concept design for the New Zealand pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, inspired by the country’s protection of its people and territory.

The design was unveiled during a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Wellington on Monday, according to Arabian Business.

The pavilion features an exhibition space, restaurant, design store, and hosting facilities.

The pavilion design took inspiration from waka taonga, carved containers made by Māori, indigenous people of New Zealand, to safeguard items of high value.

They were reportedly gifted to strengthen relationships, create new ones and tell stories of one generation to the next, ultimately bringing people together, a theme that reflects with Expo 2020’s motto of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.

Earlier this week, Luxembourg became the first foreign nation out of the 180 participating countries to break ground on its expo pavilion, designed by Metaform.

The spiral-shaped building will be located in the Opportunity District of Expo 2020, which will include an exhibition space, a multi-purpose area, a restaurant, a shop, administrative offices, and technical facilities.

The UAE is expected to welcome 25 million visitors over six months when Expo opens in October 2020.