Lithuania’s pavilion – Openarium
Lithuania’s pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai is named Openarium. It is a wooden building that represents Lithuania as a country that is open to creativity, sustainability, communality, and innovation. Its purpose is to create the atmosphere of a growing and sustainable society, highlighting Lithuania’s peculiarity as well as modernity. Created by talented Lithuanian architects the external pavilion appearance shows Lithuania in the eyes of a modern Lithuanian – as an open and genuine country.
Openarium stands out in the Expo 2020 Dubai with its impressive wooden structures and open shutters decorated with traditional motifs. In a two-story building, wood is selected as the main building material not by a coincidence. It correlates with sustainability, warmth, nature, and comfort that are essential parts of Lithuania’s identity.
Lithuania’s pavilion is located in “Sustainability” thematic area within the Expo 2020 Dubai site. It welcomes visitors with its spectacular wooden facade and terrace embellished with colorful ethnographic details. Wide terrace design and open shutters symbolize Lithuania’s accessibility and openness for innovation. The place is covered in multicolored shadows and is cooled by an artificial fog system. It is a fresh and wide space that guarantees a good first impression and a pleasant wait under the shelter in case of queues.
The inside of the pavilion greets visitors with a colorful and wide space where the main exposition is demonstrated. There is an amphitheatrical staircase in the middle of this space that not only connects the floors of the building but is also a comfortable place to sit down, relax and delve deeper into exposition.
The second floor is designed as a multi-functional space specialized for various events with access to a balcony and VIP guests’ rooms. The balcony is also a versatile event space, perfectly visible for both the visitors in the building and those who are nearby. Finally, after visiting all the spaces of the building and returning to the ground floor, guests find a souvenir shop and a restaurant.
Pavilion interior with its open spaces, massive windows and decorations symbolize and delicately reveals Lithuania’s independence history, struggle for freedom and the joy of liberation. The exposition presents factual and visible material about Lithuania – its culture, innovations, and identity.