Pakistan Pavillion for Shanghai World Expo

15241The will be a replica of the Lahorte Fort, an iconic symbol of the city of Lahorte. The fort dates back to the year 1025 AD and is the cultural capital of modern-day Pakistan.

The 2,000 square meter pavillion is themed “harmony in diversity”, and will show various aspects of the best of Pakistan’s cities, merged into one showcase of tradition, culture, modernity and history.

In the pavilion, visitors will be able to experience the life of a typical Pakistani citizen through detailed visual and multimedia presentations. More images, after the break.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Pakistan Pavillion for Shanghai World Expo" 21 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • alex

    hm, this looks awful.

    • a.t

      itx awesome…it depicts paki tradition we show what v actually r and stick to our culture rather than jst showing off technology

    • sigon


  • Juni

    Flag on the roof… (throwing out)…

  • T.Nowicki

    more creating, less copying please

    • riaz

      this is not copy,this is mughal architecture,

  • MADianito


  • Filipe (colombia)


    this is horrible!

  • tornasol


  • Mal Genio

    What about a flag on the roof??

    Yeah, right!

    A flag!

    Just in case someone goes by plane in the neighborhood…

  • neoinc.

    questionable how this comes together with facts of contemporary architecture… guess it’s just a kind of patriotic sign for political power.

  • Al

    It’s not meant to be serious. It’s just a shelter, where you can go in.

    • Andrew

      And the Louvre is just a place to keep paintings.

      • Franklin

        and the earth’s atmosphere is just a place to hold cookies, and milk

  • Tim R

    Terrible, just terrible. This expression of Pakistani architecture is way too literal.

  • nombre

    love it!

    • Tom in London

      Me too ! And I’m a modernist!

      This is fun! Disneyland !

  • anonymous

    FYI: It’s spelled LAHORE.

  • pda

    very good joke!
    please send us the real one

  • alex

    the real one is in Pakistan

  • oscar falcón lara

    I see how you could not like it but if this is their entry, well then they could have done much better. It’s not bad just plain.

  • kingmu


  • JP

    compared with Pakistan and Malaysian Pavillions, I’m starting to like the Brazilian… it’s a joke.

  • Tom W

    At least its not as bad as the Australian pavilion.

  • Rzepa

    Looks like one of those jumping castles. EXPO is nothing more than an amusement park pretending to be serious so it fits perfectly.

    • Tom in London

      Ha ha . maybe the whole thing is inflatable !

      • Andrei P

        It certainly looks like so. I see children bouncing on the roof.

  • theChavacano

    All this expo is a joke, a really expensive one


    not a bad companion to the host’s pavilion

  • james

    now they are just taking the piss, right?

  • vladimir zotov

    what is it ?

  • amonle

    Really, why do we spend so much money on these follies. This expo really proves that the idea is outdated. Maybe next time we should just get each country to submit their CG file for a digital expo and put the saved cash to better use.

    • Adamkhan

      Brilliant idea! What a waste indeed.

  • niko

    That’s hilarious! Isn’t it just wonderful to be reminded once in a while that the world still holds cultural differences and that we’re not all into the same ultra-modern japo-scandic minimalism? Bless’em for their literal & proudly patriotic approach. I wonder what the internal space will be like, maybe visitors will be strafed from the walls on arrival, it is a fort afterall !!!

  • Rick

    This expo is going to be hilarious!

  • vladimir zotov

    the citadel is so transparent and user-friendly. the architecture has a language. so about what tells us this building?

  • vladimir zotov

    dear architects! who can propose pakistan government better project using the same compositions elements?

  • Naim Ahmed Kibria

    Pakistan was not like that from 1947 to 1971 as we were with them. But after 1971, when we became independent they’ve been acting….like….
    The country should officially declare apology, as it committed one of the most dreadful,shocking,unkind genocide in the history of mankind by killing 3 million people of Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971.
    I can’t expect anything better than this(Pakistan pavilion)from them.

  • vladimir zotov

    dear naim ahmed kibria, nobody moking from this building, i can say better. i need only 15 minutes to sketch something more interesting like that.ukranian joung architects can propose pakistan government free one thousand ideas to do it better.

    • Naim Ahmed Kibria

      Vladimir, I only wish Pakistani Government realizes what they did to us in 1971 and ask for forgiveness. I believe Pakistan has thousands of Architects who can design thousand times better than this.

      • ZEa


        Naim I really am sorry for what happened to those 3 million souls, but i really do think that bangladesh brought this upon them selves and pakistan has no need to apologize.
        V pakistanis have no need to apologize to u.

        That said, i think this is JUST NOT the forum to discuss these issue.

        and vladimir,

        this is not job of any architect in pakistan.
        This must have been done by our civil works dept. and accepted by some bearuecrat in isloo with a bad sense of aesthetics.
        Trust me we have a lot of good architects.