Brazilian Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010 / Fernando Brandão

AsBEA (Brazilian Association of the Offices of Architecture) and APEX (Brazilian Agency of Promotion of Exports and Investments) have announced the winning project to represent Brazil in the Shanghai World Expo 2010. Architect Fernando Brandão won with a design based on the “Pulsing Cities” of Brazil. The inverted parenthesis on the facade represent that pulsation.

The structure will feature recycled wood painted green which will be leaned on a metallic structure. You can find more information here (in Portuguese). More images after the break.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Brazilian Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010 / Fernando Brandão" 11 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • callmecritical


  • arqbr

    Como arquiteto brasileiro:
    -eu lamento!!!

  • Adonai


  • zn

    uuffff.where’s the architecture?

  • mathias

    almost as bad as the dutch pavilion! Who approves these horrible projects!!

    • lagranha

      Unfortunally Mathias – THINGS HERE ARE NOT EXPOSED OR SHOWED IN PUBLIC!!!!!!!
      Pure politics!!!!!


  • Balkan

    aaaargh! what a crap!

  • Sabrina

    I’m embarrassed for them… this is not architecture!

  • fran

    No es por nada, pero yo con 20 minutos en sketchup hubiese sacado mejores imágenes.

    Triste el llevarme esa imagen de brasil habiendo tan buenos arquitectos en esa tierra… Donde están Marcio Kogan, Mendes da Rocha, el mismo Niemeyer. Triste el ver esto habiendo visto las obras de los anteriores.

  • Lasse

    Not that I like the building, but the idea has very much substance if taken as far as it goes.. Imagine a building about interagtion between strangers with football and architecture as medium. Not that i ever been there but I imange that would give a little taste of the spirit in brazil..
    Of corse the national team would play there at the opening:)

    Instead it’s a UGLY lump featuring a crapy exhibition with a layout like a teenagegirl’s horse-magazine..

  • PanamArq

    WHAT!? I was expecting more from Brazil, this is sad, sad, sad :-(

  • Lu

    Meu deus! Sai da arquitetura! Não é para você!

    Why do you guys publish this stuff!

    So bad! He must be ashamed! Im sorry for him…

    • Roberto

      Cheira roubadinha.

  • elver


  • elver


  • MJ

    Jesus F***ing Christ!
    This is as bad as it gets…

  • wtf!

    é isso então que temos pra mostrar?


  • Robert

    I like the big sign. This is a pavilion for Brazil yeah?

    So I am skeptical as the other posters. May I ask what people from Brazil would like to see represent them at the Expo? Can I also how you would reflect this in a pavilion design?

  • Palau


  • Terry Glenn Phipps

    This looks like a RAID product with all of those little ants milling about.

  • AtelierMaterial

    I’m pretty sure this guy didn’t study at AtelierMaterial…

  • David Basulto [tricky]

    Dear readers. I want to inform you that there´s a big controversy in Brazil because of this project. The competition for this project was restricted, and was kept very low until this announcement.

    We are all aware of the excellent work that old architects and young practices have been doing in Brazil, and I´m pretty sure that an open competition would have turned out way better.

  • MRV

    es horrendo, parece trabajo de kinder… si el proyecto es una porqueria.. por lo menos que hagan unos buenos renders…

  • viniruski

    Looks like the rainforests they clearcut, eliminating the planet’s primary source of oxygen.

    • Leonardo Ximenes

      viniruski, the planet’s primary source of oxygen is sea plankton.

      Now, this is a sad, shameful project. It’s probably the result of improvisation, bad management and loose ethics, so rampant in that contry…so glad I moved out of there!

  • Robert

    David- Who would you suggest should design the pavilion?

  • thomas

    David thanks for the update…Good to hear there’s an uproar in Brazil over this horrendous project.

  • David Basulto [tricky]


    I´m my opinion, I think it should be an architect selected through an open competition.

    But on a personal aspect, I wish that competition was awarded to MMBB (Milton Braga, etc), SPBR (Angelo Bucci) or Grupo SP (Alvaro Puntoni). These Sao Paulo practices have been doing a good work in the last few years, and they are very good going back and forth working together, establishing a local scene. And in that sense, I think they can deliver something that is closer to the brazilian architecture heritage.

  • :]

    Esta proposta de “arquitetura” está totalmente de acordo com a identidade visual da copa do mundo de 2014, ou seja: Para um projeto gráfico abaixo da crítica, um espaço igualmente ruim.
    Parece até que não temos profissionais para resolver este problemas com a categoria necessária. O Design e a Arquitetura brasileira não mereciam nada disto.

  • Reger

    I Guess Brasil run over the budget (cause the soccer world championship 2014) for the pavillion and this is the best they could do.
    Maybe they should contract an architect for the design.

  • David Basulto [tricky]


    As I stated before, this has nothing to do with the budget.

  • Nando

    I’m really ashamed. Brazil has better architects than this one. For sure, much better projects didn’t win the competition.

  • jnb2

    angelo bucci would have rocked it… too bad brazil doesn’t see the benefit of open competitions…