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Cumulus wins competition to design Romania Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

November 7, 2019

Romanian architecture office Cumulus, won the competition to design Romania’s National Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Entitled “New Nature”, the sensory experience will focus on the importance of natural elements.

The theme of the 1,500m2 pavilion is centered on nature which will enhance the visitors’ experience with the help of sensorial perceptions. This includes the use of tactile finishes such as ceramics, terrazzo, felt and wood which will further aid the experience.

With the pavilion situated atop a water mirror, the project underscores the importance of water resources. It also features four arches that symbolise the four pillars of Romania: nature, tradition, education and technology, the project is a reflection of the country’s convictions.


“We find ourselves and the planet in a very fragile equilibrium that cannot be sustained any longer. Therefore, an urgent revision is necessary in order to reconnect, rethink and recreate our future. We have named this approach of finding a new valuable equilibrium – New Nature,” said a Cumulus spokesperson.


Expo 2020 Dubai, held from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, revolves around the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. The worldwide exhibition aims to create global collaborations that will inspire future generations to develop partnerships between organisations, business sectors, and geographical locations, as well as to better address the needs of the changing world.


“The ground floor of the pavilion hosts a welcoming area, the exhibition of water springs in Romania with the H2RO water-bar and a performance area. Permanent exhibitions will be displayed at the first floor whereas the second floor is dedicated to business meetings. The structural elements and construction materials are designed to allow for disassembly and repatriation. At the end of the International Expo, the pavilion will become a museum dedicated to children, under the name “New nature” – the same concept that defines its presence in Dubai. The relocated space would become a center for experiments and learning for the youth,” shared the spokesperson from Cumulus.

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