British Pavilion / Shanghai 2010 Expo

We’ve been covering the Shanghai 2010 Expo a lot on ArchDaily, and our reader Seppe shared some videos of the pavilions with us.  Today, we’re featuring a cool video on one of our favorites, the UK (be sure to read about the project featured previously on AD) and be on the look out for more videos contributed by Seppe this week.

Italian Pavilion / Shanghai 2010


For those of us not able to experience the Shanghai 2010 Expo in person, we hope these great photos by IODICEARCHITETTI of the Italian Pavilion will help convey the spirit of the project.

Check out more photographs after the break.

UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 Video

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The UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 is one of the people’s favorite (if not the most). We featured yesterday the ’s details with some amazing photos and plans. Now, we could not pass the opportunity to show you this amazing video of the made by Channelbeta. The video was published by a reader in our Facebook group!

UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Heatherwick Studio

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When we featured the first renders of the UK back on August, 2009, many readers doubt that Heatherwick Studio’s design could be done (or at least look like the renders). The Shanghai World Expo 2010 has started and the UK Pavilion has become a favorite to many of you. Now you can see the complete projects.

More images, plans and architect’s description after the break.

Norway Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

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Expo 2010 Shanghai is the first World Fair to adopt sustainable urban development as its theme. As consequence concepts which legitimise the extensive resource use and major investment of a World Fair must be promoted. The basic concept of “Norway Powered by Nature”, designed by Helen & Hard, directly engages this challenge, placing emphasis and awareness on multiple aspects of sustainability.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Brazil Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 update

There’s only one week left for the grand opening of Shanghai’s World 2010, and as you may know, we’ve been featuring many ’s (all the pavilions here). One of the first ones was the Brazilian Pavilion designed by Fernando Brandão Arquitetura e Design.

With more than 80 comments, it became one of the most controversial and discussed pavilions. At Fernando Brandão they followed the discussion and now they wanted to show you the complete project. More images, drawings and the architect’s description after the break.

Iceland Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

Iceland Pavilion for World Expo 2010 was designed by Plús Arkitektar. The concept for the Icelandic is to create the image of an ice cube made of backlit printed fabric on the exterior that captures the complex ice patterns that are only visible within a glacier.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Austrian Pavilion for Shanghai Expo Update

Almost a year ago, we featured the Austrian Pavilion designed by Vienna based firms SPAN and Zeytinoglu Architects for Shanghai World 2010. Now, the pavilion is almost complete. See more images of the construction after the break.

Monaco Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 / NAÇO Architecture

Designed by NAÇO Architecture, Monaco’s Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 will feature a movie that will take visitors on a lap of Monaco Grand Prix and show a luxury ecological car prototype of the new Venturi Volage.

The 2,000-square-meter pavilion will invite visitors to explore the evolution of casr, city transformation and KERS system from Monaco Grand Prix’s beginning in 1929 in a special area dedicated to Formula One. The Monaco leg is the only city in the world to have a circuit inside it. Upon entering the pavilion, visitors will see a six-minute animation movie “Monaco, a rock for eternity” exclusively produced for the . An extraordinary adventure will be unfolded, which will send visitors back to prehistoric times.

The cinema can accommodate 250 people and will be equipped with a high definition screen of 56 meters. A walk along typical old streets of Monaco will allow visitors to discover the city and its flora and fauna. More images after the break.

Dutch Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

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The Dutch submission to the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai is an exceptional one. This time around, it will not be the classic pavilion with long lines of visitors waiting outside and a presentation inside. is making its appearance at ’s world exposition along an entire street. The submission, entitled “Happy Street”, is the response by designer John Kormeling to the Chinese Expo theme “Better City, Better Life” and the sub-themes:

- Urban cultural diversity
- Urban economic growth and prosperity
- Innovation in science and technology in urban contexts
- Remodelling urban communities
- Interaction between urban and rural areas.

Find out more about Holland’s pavilion right here. More images and a video after the break.

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.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

Miron Ibrahimpasis from in/out arh studio, along with architects Lamila Simisic and Jasmina Dizdarevic won first prize for exterior design at the competition to design pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

The Water Cube / MVRDV

MVRDV shared with us their design of The Water Cube, a for the World Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea. The theme of the Expo is “The Living Ocean and Coast”. You can see more proposals for the thematic pavilion by Ginseng Chicken, PTA, and Nicoletti Associati.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Latvia Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

Latvian architects Mailītis A.I.I.M., were selected to design the Latvian Pavilion for this year’s Shanghai World . Construction started in the end of 2009.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Sweden Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

As the key words “Sustainability, Innovation and Communication” cornerstones, the Swedish Pavilion, designed by SWECO, showcases how the nation’s spirit of innovation solves problems, improves the urban environment and living standards, and demonstrates the importance of communication under the new technology situation.

The pavilion comprises four cube-like structures that are arranged to form a cross-like space between them — a shape much like ’s flag when seen from above.The outside walls show a city-like grid; the inside walls are covered with images of nature. These cubes are connected by elevated walkways, and house the exhibition,VIP areas, a shop, a café, and a large covered courtyard — room enough for everyone.

More images and description after the break.

Sherbourne Park Pavilion / Teeple Architects

Currently in construction, Sherbourne Park is built upon the abstraction of an iconic Canadian Great Lake landscape. Integral to the park is the Teeple Architects designed . This 227m2 sculpturally shaped, zinc-clad structure will function both as an iconic moment in the park and as an abstracted arch that frames views to the lake. I

t will also serve as an urban connector that fuses the various elements of the park together. The Sherbourne Park Pavilion is an instrumental component of large scale initiatives to revitalize the City of ’s waterfront.

Full architect’s description and more images after the break.

Biennale Pavilion / Shigeru Ban Architects

The HZ SZ Bi-City Biennale is in full swing (we just featured the Bug Pavilion a few days ago) and the festival’s catchy “‘Bring Your Own ” (BYOB) slogan aims to stimulate “our collective role in the creation of an innovative Bi-City between Hong Kong and .”  Conversations around the area are focusing on how Hong Kong’s society can make an active imprint on their city’s future.  The BYOB is “at once contextual but also reflective, a unique opportunity to speculate on what our impact on the metropolis could be.”  For the Biennale’s main pavilion, designed by Shiegeru Ban Architects, a paper tube structure provides a semi-open space for events such as forums, workshops and events.

More about the main pavilion after the break.

Hong Kong Pavilion for Shanghai 2010 / Ida and Billy

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The theme of the 2010 World Expo is “Better City, Better Life”, and the special theme for the Pavilion is “ – a city with unlimited potential“. A concept design competition was held in 2008 and received some 80+ submissions. Ida & Billy’s submission was awarded the Frist Prize, and formed the basis for the final design and execution by the government and another architectural firm.

Their design is driven by the functional needs of the pavilion, that is how to provide the required exhbition space and other facilities within a limited space and with a height limit; and to make the Hong Kong Pavilion, which is much smaller in size than the other pavilions, to still have its own attraction and uniqness.

More images and full architect’s description after the break.