Wednesday 5th of February, the MOR pavilion opened its doors once again. The occasion was festively opened by the minister of Economic Affairs and Climate, Eric Wiebes, and was accompanied by a short event at the Bouwcampus.
Around 10 o’clock the minister arrived at the Green Village and was welcomed by a delegation of the team, that gave him an elaborate tour of the pavilion. All different aspects of the building were explained by the respective MOR team members that worked on it. The minister seemed impressed by the innovative ideas behind the design of the prototype and stressed the importance of bringing these technological and architectural innovations onto the market. After the tour all guests, partners, friends and family, were assembled in front of the deck of the pavilion, and the minister enlightened us with an encouraging speech. Once again stressing the importance of bringing these ideas to life, as well as the importance of further research into solutions for the current problems in our built environment. A ribbon was cut by the minister to officially reopen the pavilion, and all guests walked to the Bouwcampus.
At the Bouwcampus, the presentations started with Siem talking about the experience with all the partners and thanking them for all their efforts for and faith in the team. Okan gave an insight into the house performance during the competition and was able to show how well the technical innovations behind the prototype worked. Of course, there were some small flaws and mistakes, but the overall conclusion (and outcome of the competition) shows how nicely and accurately the prototype was engineered. In order to explain the competition a bit further, Andy took the stage by explaining the different type of competitions and asked respective team members to the stage to talk about the successes behind certain prizes. After that Francesco talked about the team spirit and how we became one big happy family, and especially the power of ‘Together we can do MOR’.
Following Francesco, two delegates from the SDE19 organisation, Karoly and Istvan, told everyone about their experience with the MOR team. Highlighted was the world-record number of prizes won by the team and this was celebrated by awarding one more prize to the team. After that Louise Holloway from the Energy Endeavour Foundation spoke some kind words about our team and how we raised the bar.
Team SUM was also present at the Bouwcampus and two of their team members, Sonja and Daniel, presented the first ideas of the team for the Solar Decathlon 2021 in Wuppertal, Germany. The focus of SUM, Symbiotic Urban Movement, is on the transformation of ‘Portiekflats’ from the 1950’s.
The presentations were concluded by Khushboo explaining the next steps of MOR. Mor(e) about this will be coming soon. The day ended with some drinks and bites, and of course many fruitful conversations between partners, friends, family, Team SUM and ourselves.