Turkey Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010

22095The unveiled its design this week and its theme “The Cradle of Civilization” was inspired by one of the first known settlements in the world, said Sencar Ozsoy, commissioner general of Turkey.

The main inspiration for the exterior of the 2,000-square-meter rented pavilion was also derived from settlements called “Catalhoyuk” in Turkish, which were the center of advanced culture in the Neolithic period.

The pavilion looks like an amazing red and beige box with an animal sculpture, inviting visitors to explore a maze of dreams. The first section of the pavilion will take visitors through a journey of time to learn about Turkey’s historical firsts. A map indicating the ancient sites of Turkey, the world’s first mirror and the world’s first man-built dam will be featured here. Istanbul’s infrastructure will also be introduced.

In the middle section, a 360-degree movie will display scenes from the streets of Istanbul to reflect the pride of the city as the European Capital of Culture. Visitors will then encounter the future in the final section, which is represented by a symbolic figure of the phoenix, a mythical bird which dies in flames and is reborn from the ashes, to embody aspirations for the future.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Turkey Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010" 25 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=36226>

32 comments

  1. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    What a Joke!!!This is really really really poor architecture….how can someone say that likes this???!!!TERRIBLE!!!

  2. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    I think its vulgar. It looks like melted plastic.

    Personally I am getting tired of these facades with patterns of holes. This will look dated very soon.

  3. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    no. please read it s*up*d fudge.

    “The main inspiration for the exterior of the 2,000-square-meter rented pavilion was also derived from settlements called “Catalhoyuk” in Turkish, which were the center of advanced culture in the Neolithic period.”

    • Thumb up Thumb down 0

      Embarrassingly shallow reference to Catalhoyuk, or to any settlement as such. Merely, a poor derivative of some trendy pieces. Interestingly, the name of a “commissioner general” is given throughout the news, and not of the architects (if any).

      • Thumb up Thumb down 0

        Having just visited istanbul last week, i’m very disappointed at what architecture has become in this amazing country. By the way, the shanghai company I work is very much involved in the construction of several pavilions, and has participated in the bidding for the construction of this piece of crap.

  4. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    i thought it was a post office
    so lame
    the nightlife is not interesting at all.
    last minute project

  5. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    1st year archi students can design better than this with their eyes closed! the entries for the shanghai expo are so superficial and lame!

Share your thoughts