The pavilion is located in the sustainability section of the EXPO and is inspired by the theme “nature, nurture, future”. It will showcase Singapore's culture of bioclimatic design based on a long experience of integrating nature into the design and function of man-made structures. It will be exclusively supplied by solar energy and solar water desalination systems, making the pavilion a contemporary net zero energy building that conserves local resources during the six-month World Exposition.
Transsolar developed the energy, climate and water concept of the pavilion and guided the client, the catering team, the exhibitors, and the design team through a series of design iterations in order to coordinate the demand and generation of water and energy in such a way that the desired balanced water - and energy balance becomes possible.
Dubai has a pleasant climate in the winter months. A good level of comfort can be achieved in the pavilion with shading, additional air movement and evaporative cooling. The Singapore pavilion is green and lush both inside and out. The publicly accessible rooms and exhibitions are open to the outside and protected from too much radiation from above through the sunroof. The “Dry Mist” system developed by Transsolar counteracts the heat of the desert, which has already proven itself in the tropics and at the Expo 2015 in Milan. It gives visitors a refreshing experience that will be remembered.
The pavilion treats water with respect. The demand is covered by a reverse osmosis system that desalinates well water. Well taken care of, the strong vertical green creates a microclimate through evapo-perspiration cooling and adiabatic cooling. Comfort is also created in the exhibition areas; Integrated "Dry Mist" systems atomize water, which evaporates immediately and noticeably cools the specifically moving air by around 6 to 10 ° C, i.e. effectively with low energy requirements. Thus, the visitor finds comfortable lounge areas which invite to linger, relax, and enjoy.
The energy required to operate the pavilion is covered entirely by electricity generated on site: The photovoltaic system on the roof is designed to produce around 160 MWh during the period of the exhibition from October to April and thus the energy required for building operation and offsets water production in the same period. With this design, the Singaporean pavilion is making a serious statement: net-zero renewable energy design is possible; it is the future.