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 .

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 27 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=36226>
  • Juni

    We should stop commenting Shanghai world expo pavillions…
    As we should on Ordos houses in fact.

    • http://blog.tropicalismo360.com amonle

      agreed!
      (oops, i just commented)

      • Pedro

        LAME.

    • theChavacano

      I agree is just getting bored

    • public eye

      Yeah, I agree. Our comments are so precious. But no one seems to take them seriously. heehee

      • Pedro

        your comments? precious?

        which part of “Yeah, I agree. Our comments are so precious. But no one seems to take them seriously. heehee” is precious?

        oh, fyi, if it is so precious, save them for your own work.

  • sozcelykk

    turkish breeze in the shangai…

    china rising for us :)

    thanks sencar ozsoy

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  • http://www.garalysoka.com oscar falcón lara

    Well I like it, there is something about the pattern of the holes on the red enclosure. Good project.

    • Pedro

      i bet you are from turkish. dumb.

      • can

        Pedro take your donkey and go away.

  • very

    The internal structure seems interesting (from distance)

  • mliam

    looks like someone just learned grasshopper

    • salvadore

      so true!!!!

  • Pedro

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

    • john

      pedro,take your donkey and go away

  • Sissie

    it seems that there’s nothing but the boring and terrible pavillions in shanghai expo…………..

  • Gorgos

    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.

  • Cleven

    melting cheese

  • a sphere

    melting red plastic box with BIG’s pavillion inside

  • Fudge

    Was the facade inspired by a play-doh shape squeezer?

    • cleven

      READ IT!

  • a sphere

    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.”

    • Gorgos

      totally agrees with a sphere.

      read it s*up*d fudge.

      where are you from fudgey.

    • Aydan Balamir

      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).

    • Salvador Alejandro

      Do they had play-doh on the neolitic period? :)

  • http://www.adequatelyfresh.com Milan T

    Well… It looks nice from the outside, but the content sounds lame. And istanbul is not the capital of culture of Europe.

    • can

      FYI Istanbul IS the 2010 European Capital of Culture!

      • KM

        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.

      • fish

        anybody ask you about istanbul?

  • bshi

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

  • http://missnd.blogspot.com missND

    bad architecture…
    from context to content…
    from handling the ideas to forming it…

  • Dre

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

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