Welcome to the Swiss Pavilion! Step inside and discover an interactive and poetic ecosystem in the midst of the modern and dynamic Astana exhibition. Focused on energy efficiency and sustainability and the management of natural resources, the Pavilion is centred on renewable energy sources. It also shows off the beauty of the Swiss Alps and promotes Switzerland as fertile ground for scientific research and innovation.
As the visitor penetrates inside the Swiss Pavilion, he/she discovers three houses nestled in the woods. Each house’s content is linked to the Expo global theme: Future Energy. While the visitor weaves through the Pavilion’s attractions, he learns about energy efficiency and how to conduct smarter resources management. The environment reacts to the visitors’ flux and the verdant décor blooms and goes back to quiet with the movements of the crowd.
The three individual houses form an educative yet fun nexus which, with the concourse of two video games, will embark the visitor on a fun and empowering adventure.
Participate, experiment and get involved
Visitors' first point of contact with Switzerland is a short film that immerses them in the heart of the Alps. Here they can experience the glaciers in all their splendour, as seen from the Monte Rosa Hut – an ultra-modern mountain cabin that is self-sufficient in energy. Viewers can learn about its innovative solar energy solutions and see for themselves the potential for generating energy from photovoltaic panels. The film ends with a presentation of Raphael Domjan’s solar-powered aircraft SolarStratos, illustrating the many possibilities of solar energy.
This is followed by a culinary display of Swiss cuisine, with a rösti cooked in front of the visitors. The demonstration shows how our day-to-day decisions can affect the environment: for example, if we choose to buy local rather than imported products or if we use no more than the right amount of water when cooking. The point of this is for visitors to realise how each and every one of us has an impact on the environment and that even simple changes can make for a more sustainable future.
The third house in the pavilion focuses on the conflicts that exist in relation to drinking water and the importance of international cooperation in managing this precious resource. A short film presents these topics and stresses the need to get everyone involved in the discussions on managing water and other natural resources for the sake of their conservation.
In a cross-functional zone, the swissnex lab showcases the spirit of Swiss innovation and know-how in public-private R&D partnerships, particularly in energy production and use. In the special events, workshops and temporary exhibits organised by swissnex, Switzerland is put forward as a thriving hub of innovation and a platform for exchange and cooperation among researchers, students and business start-ups.