Thursday, July 22, 2010

Expo 2010: Switzerland Pavilion

Theme: Rural and Urban Interaction

The Switzerland Pavilion is located in Zone C, facing the river, adjacent to the France pavilion.

The building incorporates high-tech and nature and emphasizes the interdependence between urban and rural areas.  It is comprised of two cylinders:  The urban cylinder features 3D television screens and a giant projection screen showing the Swiss scenery; the rural cylinder features a chair lift that takes visitors to the roof of the pavilion.

The facade enveloping the pavilion is a curtain of woven aluminium under which visitors pass to access the urban area on the ground floor of the building. This curtain stores energy from the sun during the daytime and is activated at night to produce light.

One of the main highlights of this pavilion is the chair lift ride, which takes ten minutes and transports visitors from inside the pavilion to the roof garden.  The chairs are sheltered to ensure operation during rainy weather.  The roof garden, filled with flora, provides a natural landscape in contrast to the urban setting.

Pictures retrieved from the official World Expo 2010 website and via Dezeen.


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