Shanghai 2010: Almost ready?

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There’s still a little bit more than a month till the opening of Shanghai’s World Expo 2010, scheduled for May 1st. Many construction workers are still working to finish the pavilions that will receive up to 800,000 visitors every day, expecting a total of 70 million visitors till October 31, when the Expo will close its doors. So are the pavilions ready? Check the updates on several countries after the break.

Seen at The Big Picture.

China :


See pavilion in AD

France Pavilion:


See pavilion in AD

Israel Pavilion:

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See pavilion in AD

Luxembourg Pavilion:

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See pavilion in AD

Poland Pavilion:

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See pavilion in AD

South Korea Pavilion:

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See pavilion in AD

Spain Pavilion:


See pavilion in AD

Switzerland Pavilion:

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See pavilion in AD

UAE Pavilion:

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See pavilion in AD

UK Pavilion:


See pavilion in AD

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Shanghai 2010: Almost ready?" 17 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Sep 2014. <>


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    Nice collection.
    Would love to see it for real!

    You forgot the best of the best, the Danish pavillion.


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    the UK pavillion its incredible! great execution! and a brilhant idea with the seeds and skin facade!!

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      I agree, the UK pavilion is stunning. It and the Spanish pavilion far exceed their renderings. The Spanish pavilion looks just passable, the UK pavilion looks impossible!

      Does anyone know what is embedded in the inside ends of those Lucite rods? They look like seeds, but in the only interior photo I’ve seen it isn’t clear.

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    I think this Expo reflects what China thinks about enviroment and sustainable design.

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    The Amercian pavilion is complete trash, wouldn’t have been good in the 80′s and certainly isn’t any good now.

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      It’s like a giant check point with billboards. and as such represents very well the country.

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      “Agreed, the people that designed the American pavilion should be round up and shot.”

      appropriate since it’s in china, no?

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    The British pavilion is A M A Z I N G !!!! It actually looks better in photos than in renderings!

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    No! MY country’s pavilion is the best!

    Architectural bias on here is unbelievable. I feel sorry for Macau’s giant rabbit.

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    was surprised not to see a US pavilion here, then I went and looked at it… the website mentions how it is a great opportunity for corporate advertising and is designed by a couple people with 30 years of “expo and theme park experience”


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      30 years experience if you count their K-12 years. What a joke the US Pavilion is. All corporate advertising!

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    “The British pavilion is A M A Z I N G !!!! It actually looks better in photos than in renderings!” [2]

    You’re right, men! :)
    Congratulations for U.K., Really amazing.

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    i’m amazed with the UK work, it is really impressive. i thoguth they had cheating renderings, but i am really amazed

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    I still can’t stop laughing at the workers sleeping under the UK pavillion. I guess some sleeping quarters were too much to ask since there are no human rights there, eh China?

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      Yes it has and apparently the tiles which were to create a gradient effect on the facade are absolutely terrible for this purpose and have actually managaed to ruin the building.

      Go to and search for “shanghai 2010 expo austria” to see the disaster.

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    Why all the links ” See pavilion in AD” showing the old posts? where r the built buildings?

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    Please people stop complaining about USA pavillon until you see the abominations built by Brazil, Australia, Romania, Oman or even Netherlands – seriously Archdaily should make a wall of shame and showcase the worst examples for people to laugh at.

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    Estoy sorprendida. Los edificios actuales se ven mejor que los propios renders. Viva!!!!

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    In the age of the WWW where news, trends and ideas spread in seconds virtually, would someone care to explain to me the point of these World Expos – which happen every 4 years with an interim ‘mini-expo’ in between – meaning we have some sort of national expo somewhere in the world every 2 years? It just seems to be thinly disguised national posturing – something which was inevitable in the mid 1800s in the age of empire, when the idea of World Fairs came about. Call me a spoilsport, but it just seems a bit like an expensive irrelevance in the 21st century.

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      i’ll make an attempt, Ralph.
      I would begin with the phrase “quality over quantity” in response to your comment that the web somehow replaces human experience by it’s sheer volume of images, words and video. This is remarkably untrue for thousands of reasons and i would argue experiencing architecture is near the top of that list. Looking at images of the UK pavilion cannot possibly compare to walking in and around that brilliantly refined structure – i personally wish i was ‘there’ and not ‘here’.
      With regards to the world expos themselves. My country has been lucky enough to host two of them ( 67′ in Montreal and 86′ in Vancouver) and people still talk about them here with great pride and longing. We just hosted an Olympics and the consensus is much more divided on whether those are worth the expense and inconvenience. Expos are far more engaging and accessible to the general public than olympics are ($) and they last longer. In fact at the Olympics this winter, the international pavilions were much busier than the venues.

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    UK ROCKS!!! Better real building than renderings = the guys know what they are doing. Congratz

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