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soma’s Thematic Pavilion opens tomorrow!

Courtesy of soma
Courtesy of soma

Designed by the Austrian architecture office soma for EXPO 2012, the Thematic Pavilion dubbed One Ocean will celebrate it’s grand opening tomorrow (May 11) in Yeosu, South-Korea. Since winning first prize in an open international competition in 2009, One Ocean has captured the attention of the international community with its gill-like kinetic façade and sustainable climate design. Continue reading after the break for more images and information.

Update: Thematic Pavilion / soma

 With less than 70 days until soma's grand opening of their "One Ocean" Thematic Pavilion, we are anxiously anticipating the final result of the firm's biomorphic creation.  Unlike most pavilions, this building will become a permanent part of the grounds after serving as the central point of the EXPO 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea.  As we reported earlier, soma's pavilion focuses on creating an experiential journey as visitors enjoy introductory exhibitions on the Expo’s theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast”.More about the pavilion, including more construction photos, after the break. The facades of the twisting form foster different relationships with the industrial harbor on which the pavilion seems to rise from; the solid vertical cones create an edge along the harbor, while a more elastic edge makes the transition from land to water.  Soma explained their intention of creating a landmark that would join the natural with the urban to celebrate their dependency and co-existence, "The proposal...shows distinctive faces that seamlessly merge into each other. Towards the sea it appears as a conglomeration of solid vertical cones. Opposite the Ocean Tower the pavilion canopies the Ocean Plaza. Along the promenade it develops out of the ground into a walkable roof–landscape."Building upon the Expo's ecological message, the pavilion hosts an amazing kinetic facade.  Soma explained, "It is a combination of natural and artificial elements, like plants or fields of solar collectors and piezoelectric halms, which produce light when moved by the wind. The topographic lines of the roof turn into lamellas of the kinetic media façade... The kinetic media façade visualizes the production of energy out of renewable resources happening on the pavilion’s skin, driven by the input of sun, water and wind."Be sure to check out our previous coverage for more on the pavilion.As seen on bustler.

In Progress: One Ocean / soma

 © soma
© soma

Construction on soma‘s “One Ocean” thematic pavilion is currently well underway and scheduled for completion in May 2012.  Selected as the first prize winner of an open international competition in Yeosu, South Korea, the thematic pavilion was designed to embody the Expo’s theme “The Living Ocean and Coast” and transform it into a three-dimensional “multi-layered” architectural experience. The goal of the Expo is to portray the responsible use of natural materials, which has been embedded into the sustainable climate design and the biomimetic aspects of the facade of “One Ocean”. Read on for more after the break.

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Multiple Natures / soma

Courtesy of soma
Courtesy of soma

Placing second, behind Sou Fujimoto Architects’ winning proposal, the Austrian practice soma proposed a new tower typology, titled Fibrous Tower of Multiple Natures, for the Taiwan Tower International Competition in Taichung, Taiwan. The conceptual drive for this tower comes from the desire to create a cultural landmark whose associations are multiple and dynamic, adapting with changing ideas about the nature of a skyscraper in an urban environment. Soma writes, “the tower should not state a fixed message, but trigger people to invent their own interpretations of the tower’s meaning”. How does soma accomplish this? Read on to find out.

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