“MET Studio was rightly lauded for its work on the Macau Pavilion in Expo '98 and is following up with new concepts for the Dutch Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover.”
– Blueprint Magazine, 1999
MET designed the Dutch national pavilion at the Hannover Expo based on the collectively agreed idea that “Holland Makes Space”. The overall theme of this world expo was “Humankind – Nature – Technology: A new world arising”.
The Netherlands is one of the finest examples of a country that has always had to reshape and create its environment for its own ends.
Over centuries the country has taken back land from the sea, and it constantly has to consider if an increase in its population density can coexist with an increase in the quality of life. MET was commissioned directly by the Dutch Government to design the interior exhibition spaces, working closely with leading Dutch architects MVRDV to tell this challenging story in a fun, simple way, and the end result was a pavilion that proved to be the most visited and successful at the expo.
We collectively chose to create a series of natural and man-made, immersive environments stacked one on top of the other that reflected the space and environment of Holland, also showing how the Dutch use technology and ecology to find living solutions for their citizens.
‘MET Studio Design was rightly lauded for its work on the Macau Pavilion in Expo ’98 and is following up with new concepts for the Dutch Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover’ (Blueprint Magazine)