Czech Republic brings the desert to life at Expo 2020

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Look out for cloud of pipes taking water from air to feed desert soil at Czech Pavilion.

The pavilion itself won’t only be an exhibition space, but will itself become a distinctive exhibit. The impressive twelve-metre organic structure growing around the building is exceptional both from an architectural and constructional standpoint – nobody has ever built such a large self-supporting structure from fiberglass capillaries.

Nicknamed ‘spaghetti monster’, the overhead cluster of pipes will be part of an active exhibition presenting the Czech-invented Solar Air Water Earth Resource (S.A.W.E.R) system.

This two-part solar-powered technology extracts water from the desert air, developed by the University Centre of Energy Efficient Buildings and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University, and treats it with subsurface cultures to cultivate arid soil, the technology for which was developed by the Botanical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Visitors will experience the autonomous S.A.W.E.R system in person from the moment they arrive at the pavilion, following its pipes to the interior where it leads to ‘The Heart of the Pavilion’ – the first permanent exhibition.