UNStudio Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion, Qingdao


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UNStudio designed the Theme Pavilion for World Horticultural Expo 2014, coming up in the Chinese city of Qingdao April through October 2014.

UNStudio Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion, Qingdao

From the Earth, For the Earth’ is the theme of World Horticultural Expo 2014, developed in the Theme Pavilion designed by UNStudio.
Architect Ben van Berkel and UNStudio were asked to design the pavilion after winning an international design competition in 2011.

The pavilion’s shape fits into the surrounding landscape and reminds us of “a flower”. The structure’s roofs recall the plateaus of the mountains nearby, and have different inclinations and terracing to provide different panoramic views. A series of indoor and outdoor walkways links the four petals making up the structure. These four parts of the complex are arranged around the central plaza which forms the heart of the project.
The façade is covered with aluminium panels with vertical folds in different colours depending on the viewer’s point of view: green, yellow, orange and blue. Each colour is used on only one side of the façade, with a gradual transition from one colour to another at the corners of the structure.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Project: UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Hannes Pfau, Gerard Loozekoot with Markus van Aalderen, Joerg Petri, Milena Stopic, Yu-Chen Liu and Cong Ye, Irina Bogdan, Xing Xiong, Maud van Hees, ShuoJiong Zhang, Philipp Mecke, Maya Alam, Junjie Yan, Gilles Greis, Subhajit Das, Erwin Horstmanshof, Faiz Zohri, Andrew Brown, Patrik Noomé, Amanda Chan, Nanang Santoso.

Competition stage
Landscape Architect: !melk landscape architecture PC, New York
Theater Advisor: Theateradvies bv, Amsterdam
Structure: Arup, Amsterdam
MEP: Arup, Hong Kong

Construction stage
Structure engineering: Qingdao Architectural Design Institute (QUADI)
MEP engineering: Qingdao Architectural Design Institute (QUADI)
Façade engineering: Senyang Yuanda Aluminium Industry Engineering CO.,LTD-Special Project Group.
Lighting designers: Tsinghua Tongfang
Local Architect: Qingdao Architectural Design Institute Corporation

Location: Qingdao, Cina

Images courtesy of UNStudio, photo ®Edmon Leong

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