Switzerland Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010

swisspavilion-p unveiled the model of its national pavilion for World Expo Shanghai, a pavilion with soybean-fibre coverage and entertaining rooftop cable cars.

The design by Buchner Bründler Architects, chosen out of the 104 candidates through a world-wide competition, focuses on the sustainable development as well as harmony and balance, which coincide with the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang.

“This piece of work best shows the characteristics of modern Switzerland – pursuing excellence, innovation and high-quality life,” said Manuel Salchli, deputy commissioner general of the Swiss pavilion in the Expo. “We hope to attract a big percentage of the 70 million visitors to the Expo Shanghai.”

The most distinguished feature of the pavilion is the outside curtain, made from degradable soybeans and dye-sensitized solar cells that are capable of generating electricity, introduces Salchli. The curtain will present an image of forest, which will remind people of the nature, said Salchli. And the fibre of the curtain could be degraded after being disposed in the soil in two week.

Seen at Archtracker. More images after the break.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Switzerland Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010" 02 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=30860>


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    *pens dropping along with jaws

    This … whatever it is which is, which is going to represent Switzerland in Shanghai’s 2010 expo is with out a doubt the final nail in the coffin. with out a doubt, this exposition which is suppose to represent the aesthetic tastes and technical capabilities of cultures from around the world, will be the worst showcase of design this century … kinda a good way to start things no.

    However to say that we have not seen this before would be mistaken. There is only one historical style which comes to mind when viewing over the top, gaudy, over rationalized BS such as this. In a word … Rococo … well Rationalized Rococo

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    Indeed. This Expo seems to bring up pure crazy among architects. The pseudo-futuristic shapes… the overloadedness with kitschy decoration… the idea of making a Switzerland pavilion the shape of Switzerland… and you can only even see that from SPACE anyway.

    And if you think of it, the only reason this isn’t shaped the flag of Switzerland is that it has ALREADY BEEN DONE: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/6734/3xn-danish-pavillion-proposal-for-shanghai-2010.html

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    who needs an expo anymore, really hope that the shanghai expo last one in human history

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    Well another amusement park, following the tradition of the dutch and the macau pavillion haha,

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    Hey, by the way…has anybody come to grips with how this embodies harmony and/or balance?

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    YAUHO, you have a point there, EXPOs sounds more like a thing from the past, form teh previous centuries, with the internet as it is nowadays, and who knows how it will be in the future, I don’t see the point of an EXPO.

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    AHA “Chosen out of the 104 candidates through a world-wide competition”… Who were the 103 other opponents ? I guess they were fired while losing against “that”

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    maybe is the weird stuff is the brief.. because all of the others pavillions are just like this one… the brazilian one, chilean, all of them are in this same line of “architecture”….. I’am stating to think I don´t know anything about arch…….by the way this project is another random thinggy with grass on the roof , just because.. wwhat a waste of money and effort

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