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 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 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 21 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=6465>
  • http://25timesasecond.tumblr.com/ Christopher Hyde

    Cool. Sort of reminds me of Lubetkin’s penguin pool.

    • http://www.manco.com.tr Ali Manco

      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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  • Carlos Peña

    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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  • Keith

    great job!!

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  • CURFUE

    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.

  • Abdul

    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!

  • Helí

    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

  • http://www.talkitect.com Lucas Gray

    This one stands out as probably the best design for the expo I have seen. Some of the others are horrendous.

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  • Homage

    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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  • helen

    love love love love love!

  • Lawrence

    love it!

  • GeorgeFP_SA

    BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Goldschmidt Razvan

    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

  • price

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

  • Benjamin

    Finally, something good.

  • Mariana

    i loved it.
    hope i wasnt deceived by that vid’s coolness! hehehe
    x)

  • 广州枫

    好东西

    • http://deleted qingtong

      ace comment.

    • helen

      ahahhahaha

  • dcgv

    not so bad! i wonder how it can be steady like that structure. maybe needs some columns.

  • http://www.manco.com.tr Ali Manco

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

  • http://twitter.com/honeymooncroon/status/6404377301 honeymooncroon

    BIG EXPO The Danish Pavilion 2010 http://tinyurl.com/3kz28u plz valaki mondjon előadót a számhoz, ami a videó alatt megy!

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  • Project Finder

    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.

  • http://www.flickr.com/rasmuskofod Rasmus Kofod

    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.

    • NAJIB

      i want have more information for this project think you

  • http://twitter.com/amkianjaya/status/9246279564 Adisaputra MK

    the Denmark Pavilion are simply wonderful! http://bit.ly/aXhurl

  • http://twitter.com/architectderek/status/11213267666 Derek Leavitt

    USA's 2010 expo pavilion is an embarrassment – http://ow.ly/1rSQQ , esp. compared to England & Denmark – http://ow.ly/1rSS9