Light, enlightenment at French Pavilion

Light, Enlightenments is the theme of the French Pavilion

The French Pavilion, located in the Mobility District, is rapidly shaping up, and is on-track for a September 2020 handover.

“With the support of our talented team that have been working non-stop, as well as the immense support we have received from the team at Expo, we anticipate construction to conclude by June 2020, with a complete handover shortly before the launch. The concept of the pavilion will bring to the forefront the interactivity and participation of all, which is an integral part of our public journey designed to interact with all types of visitors”, said Philippe Mille, pavilion director.

The French Pavilion will be both a symbol of France’s participation in this world event an emblem of the promotion of French innovation and an experiential space for all visitors. The design of the pavilion is based on the three pillars of bio-climatism: controlling solar gains, providing a highly insulating waterproof envelope, and limiting the use of fossil fuels as much as possible.

Designed by the Atelier du Prado Architectes and Celnikier & Grabli, the French Pavilion has the light as one of the key inspirations. It was thought as an oasis from which a true canopy of light literally emerges. The Pavilion will express, through its name "Light, Enlightenments", France's singular and innovative vision in terms of ecological and inclusive transition, combining a strong architectural gesture with an innovative immersive scenography. A strong reference to the nation's humanist commitment, the light also embodies movement through three dimensions: The light of philosophy, a tool that illuminates and reveals, spreads ideas and innovation; the material light, source of creativity; and the connection light, which connects, transports, transmits the data.

The Pavilion will have a 2,700sqm external façade covered with photovoltaic panels. On its inside, the French Pavilion unveils a 5,100sqm BUA façade set between a low volume dedicated to the general public and a high volume dedicated to professional meetings, a 1,160sqm French-style garden structured in four squares, a 40m terrace, as well as a canopy hanging at an altitude of 15m and drawing a sky of 1,500sqm.