Denmark Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010 / BIG

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In  my opinion Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG, is one of the best architects when it comes to give shape to the interests of an “unspoken” client on public buildings,either representing the values of a country or a culture. All with exceptional syntax and presentation skills.

And BIG‘s latest project (in collaboration with Arup and 2+1), the Danish Pavilion for the Expo, does it again, by taking the best of living in Copenhagen and placing it on China for visitors to experience.

Basically, the pavilion is a big loop on which visitors ride around on one of the 1,500 bikes available at the entrance, a chance to experience the Danish urban way. At the center of the pavilion there’s a big pool with fresh water from Copenhagen’s harbor, on which visitors can even swim.

At the center of the pool you will find The Little Mermaid, a statue that has become a symbol for Denmark. And this time, it will be moved temporarily to China. In Bjarke Ingels words “it is considerably more resource efficient moving The Little Mermaid to China, than moving 1.3 billion Chinese to Copenhagen”.

The proposal sticks to the speech, and I´m sure the end result will be one of the most impressive pavilions at Shanghai.

Cite: Basulto, David. "Denmark Pavillion for Shanghai Expo 2010 / BIG" 21 Sep 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 31 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=6465>

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      RE: Lubetkin

      Good point. It is actually Campo Baeza’s latest project that borrows from Lubetkin. He even put a pinguin on a detail section, which was a very intelligent gesture….

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    De los mejores arquitectos…por favor!!!
    Generalmente sus proyectos están fuera de escala, copia a Koolhaas y a quien se le presente…basta ver esta propuesta y recordar el pabellón de la serpentine gallery de Snohetta…y la fachada…ya esta muy vista…el Mies de Koolhaas en el MIT.

    Es un buen arquitectos,pero solo eso

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    DEFINATELY ONE OF THE BEST REVEALED SO FAR. A SURE AWARD WINNER. CONGRATULATIONS DENMARK AND THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE SHANGHAI EXPO 2010 WHAT APPEARS TO BE SHAPING UP AS AN ASSURED SUCCESS. GOOD DESIGN IS EVIDENT HERE RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING. ITS THE TIVOLI EXPERIENCE THAT IS COMING THROUGH. SO WELL CONCEIVED. SIMPLE GEOMETRY BUT COMPLICATED THOUGHT PROCESS. THE LITTLE MERMAID IS THE CHERRY ON THE CAKE…A CELEBRATION…A REAL CROWD PLEASER. BIKES ARE CONTEMPORARY, THOUGHTFUL, COOL. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE PICTURES OF THE FINISHED DESIGN.

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    It was great fun watching the video. Striking to see that they have taken Copenhagen to Shangai in a literal sense in their design concept. Since the theme is ‘Better City – Better life’ I can understand why it is appropriate to draw reference to Copenhagen or in general Denmark.

    It just makes me homesick. I want to go home to Denmark!

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    Para Carlos Peña, es decir que porque algo se hizo una vez ya no se puede volver a hacer? No estoy de acuerdo con tu comentario, se que es tarde para responderte pero bueno. Me imagino que debes ser muy original en tu trabajo

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    The ones to create the beautiful projects for BIG are the creative partners;Andreas Klok Pedersen, Niels Lund Petersen, Jakob Lange and Thomas Christoffersen. They design the beautiful scemes, while Bjarke travels the world. Niels Lund Petersen lead the design team for the Denmark Pavilion.Just thought you should know..

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    That is so nice, but, I think that in my countrey, if you whant to shearch even for a bicke is difficult. But it is a very beautiful project in did. And it has a cool shape also

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    the movie is really fantastic, it does what no drawings and renderings can do. incredible project!

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    The spiral mass concept is similar to their Kazakhstan National Library project, which beat some really “big” names at the competition.

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    This seems to be a very successful project and could be a stand out compared to some other countries that took part in the 2010 Expo Shanghai.

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    Indeed an awesome project.

    I have one correction to make.
    BIG is apparently not going to have the skyline of Copenhagen on the outside of the structure, as they want to make people think they are already “inside” Copenhagen.

    Instead they are going to have a led show placed inside all the holes on the surface of the structure.

    This information comes from a sponsor of the building, the Danish furniture manufacturer Paustian.

    If anyone is interested in photos of the building site as of January the 21th, just reply to this comment.

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