"Balancity" German Pavilion at Expo2010

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

“The German Pavilion will create a magical experience for visitors and really fit in with the ‘Better City, Better Life’ theme. It will be a hit with visitors and one of the most popular and most hotly anticipated pavilions at EXPO 2010.” said by Mr Hong Hao, Director of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

Design by: Consortium German Pavilion Shanghai, comprising Milla und Partner GmbH, Stuttgart, Schmidhuber + Kaindl GmbH, Munich, and Nüssli Deutschland GmbH, Roth.

balancity – a city in balance between renewal and preservation, innovation and tradition, urbanity and nature, society and its individuals, work and recreation, and finally, between globalisation and national identity.
The core idea of this pavilion is the marriage terms of "balance " and " city", an interpretation of the "Better City, Better life" Shanghai Expo 2010 theme.
The idea of balancity is about balance between diversity and density, and composed with historical layers, spaces, functions and environment.
All four sides of the Balancity pavilion are conducting different usages and functions. The rear or south is the services area, the north is the spaces like restaurant, entrance to exhibition, souvenir shop and event spaces.
The balance between landscape and structure are vivid throughout the spaces. Visitors will start their journey from a terraced landscape of event area at ground floor up to third floor. 4 exhibition structures are hover at the sky. The interplay of interior and exterior spaces, of light and shadows, of closeness and vastness, are withness along the journey.
The rooms and spaces of the pavilion is a metaphor of a typical urban space, with rooms for work and thought, spaces for recreation and leisure, place to live in and also culture and community spaces . The visitors would discover German throughout the journey, involve in every spaces actively and passively.
At the end of the path, the visitor reaches a twelve-metre high, vertical amphitheatre-like room – the Energy Source.

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