Expo Dubai opens its doors to the world today with Knauf Insulation’s Green Solutions playing an inspirational role in the Slovenian pavilion, which showcases Slovenia as the green heart of Europe, situated at an important European crossroads combining three natural elements: water, forest and wood.
The pavilion features an awe-inspiring six-metre-high Urbanscape® SemperGreenWall created from 45,000 plants. The green wall is designed using 11 varieties of locally grown plants in a range of green shades to represent Slovenian forests.
The project is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate to the Middle East — and the rest of the world — the infinite possibilities and environmental benefits of our green infrastructure solutions.
The Slovenian Pavilion and its Green wall is unique for its lush green impact in a Dubai’s desert environment. With a total surface of 460 m2 it is one of the biggest projects in the Middle East and Africa.
The building itself represents a completed unit. It illustrates the very character of Slovenia and its natural treasures, biodiversity, innovation, awareness and sustainable orientation towards the preservation of natural resources.
Overcoming challenges of the pandemic
The lead, delivery and installation of the green infrastructure took almost six months— the production of the green wall and irrigation system one month, locally pre-growing plants in the greenhouse, three months, and the installation of the green wall panels fourteen days, which is an exceptional achievement.
The installation was done in stages by the local partner with our support, mostly remotely, due to the challenges of the world pandemic.
We mounted the vertical substructure elements (profiles) on a waterproof façade and installed the drip pipes which have later been re-connected from the irrigation unit (situated inside the pavilion’s technical room) to the green wall panels.
Before proceeding with the next stage of planting the green wall panels with the pre-grown plants, we had to secure the appropriate amount of water with the right temperature and pressure as well as a stable electricity supply.
Creating a vertical garden