2010 Shanghai World Expo: Lighting Up the Night

2010 Shanghai Expo England Pavilion

After visiting the 2010 Shanghai World Expo last week, I decided that the night time is definitely the right time to visit. During the day the crowds were overbearing and most of the pavilions less than enchanting. However, when the sun goes down, the expo turns into a festival of lights. Some of the clear architectural winners in my book were the Spanish, Korean, Nepalese and Danish with the UK Pavilion taking the gold. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the six-story structure is stuck like a pincushion with 60,000 willowy rods that glow and quaver in the breeze. The rods extend from the interior where at the root of each a plant seed is seamlessly inserted. The UK Pavilion is supposed to reflect the British love for gardens and emphasize the need for green space in cities. You can read more about the concept on the UK Pavilion homepage.

2010 Shanghai Expo China Pavilion and Expo Axis

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2010 Shanghai Expo Axis2010 Shanghai Expo Culture Center2010 Shanghai Expo Latvia Pavilion

2010 Shanghai Expo Korea Pavilion2010 Shanghai Expo Serbia Pavilion2010 Shanghai Expo New Zealand Pavilion

2010 Shanghai Expo Nepal Pavilion2010 Shanghai Expo UK Pavilion2010 Shanghai Expo China and Israel Pavilion

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    1. Springtime Spontaneity | littlegreenseed

      [...] Delight is sadly an often neglected trait of architectural design. Although we are all taught early on in architecture school about Vitruvius’ founding rules of ‘firmness, commodity and delight’, delight in this context generally means a pleasing built appearance, but why not take a more literal approach? Nature reminds us of the refreshing power of delight in life, it can rekindle that childlike wonder we had before the world was dulled by routine and expectation. The built environment is capable of inspiring wonder as well, not only by large formal and structural gestures like those of Ghery, but also by small unexpected details that challenge expectations in a playful way. Ghery’s Guggenheim Bilbao and City of Wine building create delight by contrasting the existing city vernacular and challenging expectations of what a building should look like. Storefront for Art and Architecture NYC transformation of the building edge creates temporary public spaces, and unexpected permeability for a spontaneous city experience. Renzo Piano (top left) among many who use colourful building facades to insert a ‘joyful vibrancy’ into the cityscape. Creating a sense of wonder and cheer by vivid color lighting where it is needed most, Children’s Hospital Phoenix USA. Expo pavilions blur the line between wonderous imagination and useful buildings, i wish more of these delight filled buildings would spring up in our cities for a more permanent purposes. Image by Matthew Niederhauser. [...]

      Jun 15, 2012 @ 8:52 am

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