In Dubai, Slovenia's motto will be Slovenia. Green and Smart Experience, a nod to the country's sustainable, modern and creative nature. Visitors from all over the world will experience stories about the unique interplay of pristine nature, knowledge, innovation and breakthrough businesses.
Slovenia will symbolise the green heart of Europe at the Expo, addressing visitors with authentic images and extraordinary multimedia presentations that will allow them to experience the parts of the country Slovenians are most proud of.
At every step, visitors will be presented with a good reason to explore Slovenia and to spread messages changing the world for the better.
Slovenia's pavilion, designed by Robert Klun and Sandi Pirš and their team at Magnet Design, was selected in April 2019 in an open call organised by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology. It represents an oasis floating on water, reflecting the designers' wish to showcase Slovenia's wisdom, innovativeness and energy. The pavilion has already captured the attention of the international public in architecture and received a special mention from Architecture MasterPrize in October 2019 in the category Exhibition.
The pavilion is located on a 1,550 square metre exhibition plot in the Sustainability sub-theme segment and has an excellent location right next to one of the three entry points to the Expo 2020 grounds.
The pavilion highlights three elements that are distinctive of Slovenia: Water, the source of life and vitality, the interflow of materials and ideas; Nature, connecting the Earth with the universe, knowledge and innovativeness, and Slovenia's green and clean heart; and Innovativeness, represented by a giant wooden sunshade, our shield and shelter, a technological masterpiece of construction and design illustrating Slovenia's strong identity. The pavilion construction innovatively includes prefabricated, sustainable and biodegradable elements of metal, glass, wood and stone.
The appealing exterior of the pavilion represents Slovenia's forests. The outer walls of the wooden structure are rich with vegetation, which will provide welcome relief from the heat to visitors. The plants will be cooled and watered with the help of an innovative system developed in Slovenia. The innovativeness of Slovenian businesses is reflected in the roof, shaped like a strainer and made of Slovenian wood. The inspiration for the roof comes from wooden tools made by craftsmen from the town of Ribnica, which 400 years ago became the first Slovenian-made products allowed to be sold abroad. The entry into the pavilion is below the surface level and completely surrounded by water, which will make a visit to the pavilion a refreshing experience.
The pavilion is designed as a smart environment, allowing visitors a virtual experience of the future with the use of advanced digital solutions. The interior is equipped with innovatively designed LCD surfaces on the walls, ceiling and floor, making for impressive presentation of stories and achievements coming from Slovenia. Lighting pulses imitating the rhythm of the heart will draw visitors from far away, inviting them for an emotional exploration of the country.
Slovenia's presentation will be divided into themed segments, allowing a comprehensive presentation of the country's potential in different fields and drawing the visitors' attention to stories that showcase Slovenian know-how, progressiveness and innovativeness.
The events will be coordinated with other events at the Expo and will complement stories featured in other countries' pavilions.