Competition, 1st prize 2018


Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Design phase




Total GFA 1867 m2


Business Finland


Finland Pavilion Dubai Expo 2020

“Lumi” or “Snow Cape” is the name with which Finland is going to present itself at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Resembling an Arabic tent made of snow, the Finland Pavilion aims to bring together the country’s icy landscapes with the culture of Expo 2020’s host nation.

Lumi is Finnish and means “snow”. Inspired by the white blanket of snow which covers the Finnish landscape from autumn onwards, the Finland Pavilion resembles a white tent made of snow. The simple, elegant design reflects the fascinating tradition of Finnish architecture.

The pavilion appears as a simple, cubic volume with a striking entrance facing towards the front plaza. Water in dark lakes – shallow water pools – will create gentle sounds and cool the air around it. Visitors will access the pavilion through a tent-like opening into a gorge, a special central void of the pavilion that opens to the sky. Visitors will experience a dramatic contrast between sensory overload of Expo environment and serene, Nordic atmosphere inside the central void.

Finnish components and materials play an important role in the design of the Lumi pavilion. Soft and light façade fabric will be in strong contrast to hard, brushed concrete of entrance deck. Entrance porch, spanning through the whole height of the pavilion, will be a cool intermediate space to prepare the visitor for a focused visit of the exhibition itself. Hard, granite flooring will further lead the visitor into the central gorge, where warmth of gently curved wooden surface will embrace the visitor.

Finland Pavilion was designed by a work group, made up of Expomobilia, JKMM Architects, Beyond Limits, Factornova and FiveCurrents. The concept, planning and execution of the Finnish pavilion are being undertaken by JKMM Architects (Finland) and Expomobilia AG (Zurich, Switzerland). JKMM Architects have put together the design concept and Expomobilia, as global general contractor, is looking after the overall planning and project management in the implementation process. The partners Factornova, Beyond Limits and FiveCurrents have an advisory and support role on site across all phases of the project.