50 years later: from Montreal to Dubai?

Dutch pavilion World exhibition EXPO67 maximizes circularity

On July 10th the exhibition Montreal: EXPO67 was launched at EGM. The exhibition shows sketches, drawings, mock-ups, videos, publications, a scale model and a virtual model of the Dutch pavilion for the EXPO67. Wout Eijkelenboom, architect and co-founder of our office, designed the pavilion for the legendary world exhibition in Montreal, Canada. With a colourful presentation, offering a glimpse into the world of architecture, interior design, art and music of the sixties, Mrs. Eijkelenboom-Vermeer opened the exhibition.

The modularly built pavilion consists of a self-designed and standardized aluminium space frame that can be screwed into each other and taken apart. The self-named cocoon structure envelops the entire building and carries floors, walls and roofs. A total of 57,000 individual parts were used to construct the pavilion.

The building can be easily disassembled into modules of up to 3 feet, put in crates, shipped and rebuilt.

From Explanation to the design (1967)


Very special about the design of the Dutch pavilion from 1967 is that it fits seamlessly with the current discussion and concepts about sustainability and reusability. The pavilion therefore complies with the current request for the Dutch entry for the upcoming World Exhibition in Dubai in 2020 in which circularity, Cradle-to-Cradle and re-use are the central themes.


50 years ago the Dutch entry was dismantled and stored in containers. Should EGM find the Montreal pavilion, ship it to Dubai and rebuild it, then almost nothing can be more circular than the Dutch entry for the World Expo 2020 Dubai.