Czech Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Sawer Cloud Dubai / UAE / 2020

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The present proposal refers to the S.A.W.E.R. systém (Solar Air Water Earth Resource) which functions as the heart and technological core of the pavilion. Its essence, which takes shape at a number of levels, is transformation. It transforms air into water, parched desert into garden in full bloom, or people’s view of the Czech Republic.A prerequisite for such a transformation potential is the considerable complexity of the system that grows through the whole building.
Technology (which includes 5 Czech patents) is integrated into the pavilion’s organism naturally so that the two can form a powerful manifestation of a hybrid ecosystem within which nature and technology interact.Blending these two seemingly different worlds creates an unexpected symbiosis.The lifeblood of the pavilion’s organism is water that pervades and unifies all its sections, from the garden which it irrigates,to the spring which it feeds, to the organic form of the cloud which it inspires.Water is also a symbol of the transformative power that the pavilion holds.


The object becomes the embodiment of transformation and metaphor for technology, which is not hidden in places inaccessible for the public, but is exhibited in form of the cloud of sewer – the Sawer Cloud, which interconnects all its parts. The trajectories between individual stages of the transformation process are the blood-vessels of the pavilion’s organism and constitute the base of the organic form. The structure is not merely a passive ornament – its individual parts are connected to the S.A.W.E.R. system. It thus becomes an active part of the system which it represents. In the central section there is water falling from the ends of the bundles, at the entrancethe aircirculates, in the garden the vessels can execute the nutrient solution transport. The pavilion is not a dead shell, but a living organism, whose metabolism is the process of transformation. This architectural concept well underlines the central theme of the mysterious transformation of seemingly empty and invisible air into tangible water. This miraculous process is the result of new magic, the essence of which is science and technology.


The complex form of the cloud connects not only the individual parts of the system, but conceptually relates to the theme of EXPO2020 – Connecting Minds, Creating Future. Connectivity is another of the S.A.W.E.R. system qualities. It is quite challenging to understand a number of streams in the system at first. Thanks to the structure, which interconnects everything, the understanding of the transformation process also gets easier. The sewer, which forms a cloud in the exterior, then continues into the interior, where it blends in with other technological distribution boards that remain visual only. The emphasis is put mainly on the components of the cultivation system that are placed directly at the pavilion’s centre of gravity. The acknowledgement of technology is upgraded to the exhibiting of technology.

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    The present proposal refers to the S.A.W.E.R. systém (Solar Air Water Earth Resource) which functions as the heart and technological core of the pavilion. Its essence, which takes shape at a number of levels, is transformation. It transforms air into water, parched desert into garden in full bloom, or people’s view of the Czech Republic.A prerequisite for such a transformation potential is the considerable complexity of the system that grows through the whole building.Technology...

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