New Zealand has made significant progress on its pavilion at the Expo 2020 site, with a tweet announcing it has completed construction of 80 tonnes of structural steelwork and poured 600 cubic metres of concrete so far.

Abu Dhabi-based Cimolai Rimond and the UK’s Mott MacDonald are the main contractor and consultant for the project respectively. The overall cost of the pavilion is estimated to be $53mn.

Cimolai Rimond is also the main contractor for the Finnish pavilion, and was responsible for moulding the lattice shape of the Al-Wasl Plaza dome.

New Zealand broke ground on its 2,000 square-metre pavilion in May 2019 and marked the event with a traditional Maori ‘karakia’ ceremony. The theme of the pavilion is ‘care for people and place’, with an emphasis on the deep kinship between people and the environment.

The pavilion’s design, which was completed by New Zealand-based architecture firm Jasmax, was inspired by the country’s ‘waka taonga’, which are containers made by the indigenous Maori people to hold treasures. The Australian agency Special Group is the creative storyteller for the project.

Work on the pavilion is expected to be completed by mid-2020.