Expo 2015 featured 52 pavilions, each built by a different country and inspired by the event’s theme:
“Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Here’s what made three of those projects unique.
The finishing touch
for the € 50 million,
( 49,514-square-foot) Land
of Hope pavilion was a
wavy roof—designed to
mimic the contour of a
with 1,052 bamboo panels. The country’s pavilion
project team had to select
a membrane underneath
the bamboo that was both
waterproof and transparent. It tested different
materials, including glass
and plastics, before determining that clear polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) best met
its requirements. Built on
the second-largest Expo
lot, the project took seven
months to complete.
The € 50 million Fields of Ideas pavilion was
the largest by a foreign country and delivered
a first-of-its-kind architecture project—the use
of printed solar panels. Thin and flexible organic
photovoltaic (OPV) plates were applied to so-called solar tree shelters. The shelters provided
shade for visitors, and their OPV plates captured
enough energy to power the entire facility.
With an eye on environmental impact, the € 12 million
Breathe pavilion was as much a landscaping project as a construction one. The project team created a lush 560-square-
meter ( 6,028-square-foot) forest of bushes and trees—some
of which towered 12 meters ( 39. 4 feet) high. The vegetation
generated oxygen for up to 1,800 people and cooled the surrounding air enough to eliminate the need for air conditioning
inside the open-air pavilion.