Friday, July 16, 2010

Expo 2010: India Pavilion

Theme: Cities of Harmony

The India Pavilion is located near the end of the Expo Boulevard, near the L2 Ferry Dock in Zone A, adjacent to the Expo Culture Center.

The pavilion has a central bamboo dome inspired by the Sanchi Stupa temple.  It is designed as a zero-chemical area and its energy efficiency is made possible through the usage of bamboo, solar panels, and wind mills.  The floor is made of stone and terracotta and is cooled by embedded pipes.  The roofing panels are made with bamboo and herbal medicinal plants.

The entrance is through a vaulted portal with a carving of the "Tree of Life," inspired by the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad.
Due to its diverse culture, India was assigned a larger pavilion area of 4,000 square meters to showcase the rich culture and various ethnic groups, religions, and languages.
Within the dome, there is a 360-degree holographic projection depicting India's evolution over its long history from ancient times dating back to 3000BC through the medieval period to modern India.

Also featured is an Indian Market where visitors will be able to try the traditional cuisine of different regions in India.  In the Shopping Arcade and Amphitheater, visitors will be able to see various trade artisans demonstrating their skills as well as cultural shows from different regions, and purchase regional products.

Pictures retrieved from the official World Expo 2010 website.

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