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One Ocean, Thematic Pavilion EXPO 2012 / soma

  • 01:00 - 22 May, 2012
One Ocean, Thematic Pavilion EXPO 2012 / soma
One Ocean, Thematic Pavilion EXPO 2012 / soma, © soma
© soma

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From the architect. As we reported earlier, the highly anticipated Thematic Pavilion for the EXPO 2012 opened earlier this month in Yeosu, South Korea. Now, the Austrian architects of soma have shared with us images of that opening day, inviting you inside for a closer look at the unique building that has captured the attention of many.

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© soma

Selected as the first prize winner in an open international competition in 2009, this permanent facility is bringing life along a new promenade within a former industrial harbor. It is largely known for its fish-like characteristics created by a cutting-edge façade system that is made-up of glass fiber reinforced polymers (GFRP) capable of being morphed into a number of animated patterns. The integration of the moving lamellas within the building’s skin was inspired by a research project at the ITKE University Stuttgart that investigates how biological moving mechanism can be applied in an architectural scale. It was developed together with Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering as an effort to introduce forward-looking innovations to the public.

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© soma

We experience the Ocean mainly in two ways, as an endless surface and in an immersed perspective as depth. This plain/profound duality of the Ocean motivates the building’s spatial and organizational concept. Continuous surfaces twist from vertical to horizontal orientation and define all significant interior spaces. The vertical cones invite the visitor to immerse into the Thematic Exhibition. They evolve into horizontal levels that cover the foyer and become a flexible stage for the Best Practice Area.

© soma
© soma

Continuous transitions between contrasting experiences also form the outer appearance of the Pavilion. Towards the sea the conglomeration of solid concrete cones define a new meandering coastline, a soft edge that is in constant negotiation between water and land. Opposite side the pavilion develops out of the ground into an artificial landscape with plateaus and scenic paths. The topographic lines of the roof turn into lamellas of the kinetic media façade that faces the Expo’s entrance and draws attention to the pavilion after sunset.

© soma
© soma
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "One Ocean, Thematic Pavilion EXPO 2012 / soma" 22 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/236979/one-ocean-thematic-pavilion-expo-2012-soma/>
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23 Comments

Ariel Raquitico · June 16, 2012

One Ocean Pavillion. Awesome concept. http://t.co/UKiWEhXs #EXPO2012 #architecture

Ariel Raquitico · June 16, 2012

Awesome concept :o http://t.co/UKiWEhXs #expo2011 #architecture

Wriel · June 03, 2012

Que riatas estos weies http://t.co/so9JShgQ vía @archdaily

ViMob · May 26, 2012

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Nicholas Patten · May 25, 2012

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Ivan Terzi? · May 24, 2012

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RoyalPlaza on Scotts · May 24, 2012

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Christine Costa · May 23, 2012

Tolle Bilder von der kinetischen Fassade auf der EXPO in Südkorea. Ergebnis eines Forschungsprojekts am ITKE der... http://t.co/Dk1vRBj0

Lao Y · May 23, 2012

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Santi Maggio Savasta · May 23, 2012

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I, Architect. · May 23, 2012

#iaflash Curvy. I like the timber steps. http://t.co/DY3AKSQy#architect... #Yeosu #Korea http://t.co/EvNqTezT

Uni Stuttgart · May 23, 2012

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James Lemanis · May 23, 2012

Curvy. I like the timber steps. http://t.co/i9LbkZxk
#architecture #Yeosu #Korea

Dirk Venzlaff · May 23, 2012

Seriously killer architecture in Korea http://t.co/3Q66rl1Q #cooldesign

Arquitectura · May 23, 2012

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Horatiu Rusu · May 23, 2012

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Scott @ Cube Studio · May 23, 2012

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Bruno Almeida · May 23, 2012

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GR2TF · May 23, 2012

One Ocean, Thematic Pavilion EXPO 2012 / soma: © soma
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arch_related · May 23, 2012

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