Swiss Pavilion 2020 Dubai, 2016. Non-anonymous selective Study Contract.

Team: HHF Architects, Basel, Atelier OÏ, Tamschick Media+Space
Client: FDFA Presence Switzerland
Site Area:3600 m2

Under the title Grande Complication,  the team has submitted a design for the competition to construct the national pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Together with HHF architects, the scenographers and exhibition designers Tamschick Media+Space and Atelier Oï,  the landscape architects antón & ghiggi developed the idea of creating a spatial and visual-acoustic experience in the form of an open interactive landscape.

The name of the project derives from the tradition-rich Swiss watch industry. Those who enter the Swiss Pavilion do not find themselves inside a Swiss building, but in an opened-up clock mechanism, a well-oiled entertainment machine, in which the wheels and cogs are perfectly coordinated.

The sources for the mechanical aesthetic of the pavilion and its sequences are Jean Tinguely’s kinetic sculptures and the complex, absurd to playful works of Fischli/Weiss. The pavilion takes those kinetic works further, transforming them into a cybernetic sound and multimedia composition that can be manipulated and adapted by its visitors. Architecture, exhibition and outdoor space form a unique Gesamtkunstwerk of Swiss object art, which culminates every hour in a parametric composition – La Grande Complication.

Swiss Pavilion Dubai 2020, VAE

Study 2016