Polish Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010
Facade design to resemble Polish folk art
Pavilion reflects the theme Better City, Better life
Covers approximately 3,000 m2
Structure made of steel and wood
This 2,400 m2 building is devoid of perpendicular walls, making it a highly unusual yet stunning example of architectural origami. Adding to the ornate beauty of the design, the entire facade is laser-cut in a series of intricate patterns, inspired by Polish folk paper cut-outs and highlighted to delightful effect with backlighting. And all this was created using designs and materials that took into account plans to reuse the pavilion, allowing for it be reconstructed, in its entirety or in parts, after the Expo had finished.
This ambitious architectural vision, combined with climate considerations and the building’s location in a seismically active area, posed a great challenge in terms of the structural, mechanical and facade engineering. An issue of particular concern was the need to rescale the design in keeping with the surroundings. Our team had the idea to shorten the front wall by 30 metres, and one entrance corner by five metres, giving the effect of a lighter form without compromising the dynamism of the building’s unique shape.
Our team were able to provide such solutions by drawing on years of experience in devising innovative, individual ways in which to realise the architectural vision.
This combination of exquisite design and intelligent engineering ensured the Polish Pavilions success at Expo 2010, with over eight million people visiting it over the course of six months, as well as seeing it elected Shape of the Year 2010 in a poll organized by the bryla.pl portal.
Delivering a portable pavilion for Expo 2010 that marries traditional Polish folk art with striking architecture and intelligent engineering. Image: WWAA
The entire facade is laser-cut with intricate paterns inspired by Polish folk paper-cuts, and highlighted to dramatic effect with backlighting. Image: WWAA
We drew on years of experience to develop an innovative structure that realises the architect's vision of a building devoid of perpendicular walls. Image: WWAA
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