The company RIKO has been selected as the project
developer for the design and construction of the Slovenian pavilion at the Expo
Dubai 2020. The foundation stone for the 1,550 m2 large and 2.5 million Eur
worth pavilion, whose conceptual design was prepared by Magnet Design from
Ljubljana, will be laid by mid-December 2019 and works will be completed before
the official opening of EXPO, on October 20th 2020.
The pavilion will highlight Slovenia as the green heart in the center of
Europe, the intersection of land and sea transport routes and an important geostrategic
country. The pavilion will highlight three elements that best identify
Slovenia: water, as a symbol of life, vitality, flow of materials and ideas;
the floating forest, the nature that is the heart of Slovenia and the soul of
Europe; and a sieve, a large “parasol”, a wooden umbrella, which is a
technological invention with a strong Slovenian identity, characteristic for
Riko’s region of origin.
In its design, the pavilion summarizes Riko’s principles of construction: we
will use elements that are prefabricated, sustainable and degradable - metal,
glass, stone and, of course, mostly wood.
World exhibitions are held every five years and last for six months. An
estimated 190 countries will be represented at the Dubai Exposition,
representing 95% of the world's total population. The organizer is expecting 25
million visitors, of which more than 70% are predicted to be international
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