soma’s Thematic Pavilion opens tomorrow!

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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.

The main design intent was to embody the Expo’s theme The Living Ocean and Coast and transform it into a multi-layered architectural experience. Therefore the Expo’s agenda, namely the responsible use of natural resources, was not visually represented but actually embedded into the building. The cutting-edge façade system was developed together with Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering and supports the aim of the world exhibition to introduce forward-looking innovations to the public.

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The pavilion inhabits the thematic exhibition that gives visitors an introduction to the EXPO’s agenda. The Best Practice Area on the upper level functions as a flexible stage for organizations and institutions. The permanent building is constructed in a former industrial harbor along a new promenade. After the EXPO the pavilion will stay an attraction for tourists and local residents.

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For in-progress images and more detailed building information, check out our previous coverage: In Progress: One Ocean / soma. If you will be attending the grand opening, let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "soma’s Thematic Pavilion opens tomorrow!" 10 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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