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Monaco Pavilion Expo 2020, Dubai UAE

The architecture designed by OOS convinced in the competition. Together with facts and fiction GmbH and NUSSLI, OOS was awarded the contract for the Monaco Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The development of the design for the polygonal crystal shape was based on the leitmotif „Strong, small and beautiful“. With this iconographic appearance, the pavilion invites the world to explore the country. With strong symbolic power, the Monaco Pavilion asserts itself in the international environment of Expo 2020. The crystal with diamond-shaped facets on a rocky background embodies the versatility and strengths of Monaco – its internal cohesion as a nation as well as its strong partnerships and connections with the world – key elements of Monegasque policy and a fitting expression of the Expo Motto “connecting minds, creating the future”.

The architecture of the pavilion surprises with a polygonal and faceted structure and constantly changing perspectives. The rocky base is also an homage to the „Rocher de Monaco“ and stands as a symbol for tradition and future of the principality. The strengths of the small state are also given a large stage on the content level. 

Multifaceted appearance for the Monaco Pavilion

The exhibition section is divided into two scenographic areas. In the „Garden of Opportunities“, visitors engage with Monaco‘s excellent and future-oriented projects. In the „Identity Show“, Monaco‘s history, culture and values are conveyed in a spectacular 360-degree multimedia installation.

The entire construction follows the principle of simplicity and sustainability: The crystal, for example, consists of solar panels visible from afar, which are mounted as a shell in front of the simple body of the building and merge into a light, playful and highly aesthetic overall image. 

Project Details

Monaco Inter Expo
Dubai, Vereinigte Arabische Emriate
Internal Team
Christoph Kellenberger, Fabio Gieriet, Oliver Walter
External Team
NUSSLI (total contractor), facts and fiction GmbH (scenography), Jon Wallis (photography)