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The Japanese Pavilion for Expo 2010

(Source: designboom)

Japan Pavilion is a 24 meters high construction of double-layer ETFE cushions mounted on a lightweight steel frams. With its approximately 6,000m² plot It will be among the largest of all foreign pavilions at Expo 2010 Shanghai China.

More after the break.

(Source: designboom)

(Source: designboom)

The theme of Japan Pavilion will be “WA—Harmony of the Hearts, Harmony of the Skills” and its message will be “Connect for a harmonious future!”

The pavilion was christened ‘zi can dao’ (‘purple silkworm island’) for its exterior reddish violet color.

(Source: designboom)

The construction of the pavilion adopted the concept of Eco-Breathing Architecture—a structure that breathes like a living organism. It combines elements from the traditional Japanese architecture such as ennoshita (the utility space under verandas) and uchimizu (the sprinkling of water by hands to reduce heat) with the latest environmental control and materials technology.

Vertical openenigs will bring sunlight and natural air into the closed space, and will be used to store rainwater.

The steel construction and lightweight membrane systems help reducing environmental impact by minimizing ground alteration, using fewer trucks and facilitating the eventual dismantling.

(Source: designboom)

The Japanese organizers promise that the external membrane cushions will integrate the world’s first built-in amorphous solar cells, capable of generating 20–30 kW.

See the presentation video of the pavilion here.

Here are few photos from the construction site:

(Source: Expo 2010 Shanghai website)

(Source: Expo 2010 Shanghai website)

(Source: Expo 2010 Shanghai website)

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December 21, 2009 - 12:13 PM