Since I've not ventured into every single pavilion at the Expo, this list merely comprises of a pavilion exterior look. Some has excellent concept while some are pleasing to the eyes. However, as a friend said, don't judge the book by its covers. On this list are some nice-looking pavilions but they may not be the best when it comes to the interior. It's a case of lack of substance, imho. In any case, these are some of the best looking ones...
It's most complex and unique. One that has Korean writings all over it. I think it is the most unique building I've come across. The building is 3 stories and comprised of 20 basic letters of the Korean alphabets. Beautiful both in the day & night! One cannot begin to grasp the complexity of this architecture with a mere picture.
Pavilion Facts: Theme: Friendly City, Colorful Life Highlights: Basic Letters of the ROK Alphabet National Pavilion Day: May 26 Pavilion Area: Around 6,000 Square Meters Location: Within Zone A of the Expo site
The most expensive pavilion and the most imposing one at the Expo. It is a "moon-ship" structure with the largest IMAX theater housed within. If there is a way to flaunt one's wealth, this is the way to go! Most spectacular in the night!
Pavilion Facts: Theme: Vitality of Life Highlights: Moon Boat National Pavilion Day: September 23 Pavilion Area: Around 6,000 Square Meters Location: Within Zone A of the Expo site
One of the most unique in the Expo ground. I love the originality of this pavilion. Inside, it looks great too although there really isn't much to do. Simply take some pictures and that's aboutit! The design attempts to mirror " the combination of modernity and folk art, representing the creativity and imagination of Poland." Well done, Poland!
Pavilion Facts Highlights: Paper-cutting Theme: Human, Creativity & the City National Pavilion Day: May 22 Pavilion Area: Approximately 3,000 Square Meters Location: Zone C of the Expo site
"The first World Expo came about in the United Kingdom and was then known as the Great Exhibition, held in the Crystal Palace at Hyde Park. This majestic metal-and-glass edifice was not only home to the extravaganza display of products from all over the world, but was also the iconic symbol of the world fair, being considered one of the most beautiful structures in the world until a fire destroyed it half a century ago. Now, the United Kingdom has brought to Expo visitors a new version of the Crystal Palace – a dazzling cube formed by more than 60,000 slim and transparent acrylic rods containing seeds of different plants that were collected in a bio-diversity project."
The UK Pavilion speaks of originality of design and idea. It is small yet unique. It is a piece of art! This one blows my mind away. It certainly takes a certain mindset to appreciate this piece of architecture!
Pavilion Facts: Theme: Building on the Past, Shaping Our Future Highlights: Seed Cathedral, Wrapping Paper National Pavilion Day: September 8 Pavilion Area: Around 6,000 Square Meters Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site
The vibrancy of Spain is being displayed fully with its use of rattan. The Spain Pavilion is "designed to be a hand-weaved wicker basket structure supported by the steel framework inside. "The Basket," as some have dubbed the pavilion, is "dressed" in more than 8,000 wicker panels in brown, beige, and black. Wicker weaving is a tradition in both Spain and China and the pavilion is like a bridge connecting the two nations. The panels were handmade by craftsmen in Shandong Province, each one unique in design."
The most interesting item to look out for in this pavilion is the gigantic baby which can smile and cry. It was pure fun to see what technology could do!
Pavilion Facts: Theme: From the City of Our Parents to the City of Our Children Highlights: Basket Designer: Benedetta Tagliabue National Pavilion Day: August 30 Pavilion Area: Around 6,000 sq m Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site
Russia has one of the most interesting structures with some irregular patterns on its roof. These irregular shaped 20 m high towers look awesome especially in the night. According to Expo, the Russian Pavilion highlights "Unique Design With their irregular shapes, these 20-meter towers are located among the natural landscapes of a green lawn and water. Taking a close look, visitors will find that these towers form a circle that takes after the formation of a famous Russian dance. The roofs of the towers are decorated with hollow pictures in colors widely used for traditional Russian garments, symbolizing the integration of various ethnic groups in the country."
Pavilion Facts: Theme: New Russia: City and Citizen National Pavilion day: September 28 Pavilion Area: Around 6000 sq m Location: Zone C of the Expo Site
Minimalistic and artistic design renders this pavilion one of the most beautiful. The regrettable thing is there isn't much to do or see inside, unless you're a big fan of the Little mermaid! "The pavilion paints its steel structure white, to represent the sailing traditions of the country and to help keep the pavilion cool."
Pavilion Facts: Theme: Welfairytales Highlights: Double Spiral National Pavilion Day: June 29 Pavilion Area: Around 3000 sq m Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site
The showcase & centerpiece of the Expo. It is painted in red and known as "The Crown of the East," with "a distinctive roof, made of traditional dougong or brackets, which date back more than 2,000 years. The dougong style features wooden brackets fixed layer upon layer between the top of a column and a crossbeam. This unique structural component of interlocking wooden brackets is one of the most important elements in traditional Chinese architecture. Dougong was widely used in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-467 BC)."
"The contour design of the pavilion is based on the concept of "Oriental Crown, Splendid China, Ample Barn, and Rich People," to express the spirit and disposition of Chinese culture. The pavilion will have a core exhibition area on the top floor, an experience area on the second and a functional area on the first. China's achievements in urban development from ancient to modern times will be the core theme of the pavilion."
Despite the beauty of this pavilion, to get inside, you must go to the Expo at least 3 hours before its opening hour to get tickets! That means one has to begin queuing around 6 am! What a drag!!!
Pavilion Facts: Theme: Chinese Wisdom in Urban Development Highlights: Traditional Dougong Style National Pavilion Day: October 1 Location: Within Zone A of the Expo Site
Is it pink or is it purplish? Well, it depends on what time of the day you're looking at it! Anyway, this is "semi-circular structure, covered by a purple membrane material. Several antennae and caves make the pavilion a "breathing organism," which will express the harmony between the human heart and technology. The pavilion has been dubbed "Purple Silkworm Island" by Chinese people." Look out for the robots inside and enjoy the future technology that is to be found in your living room soon! I want that iReal!
Pavilion Facts: Theme: Harmony of the Hearts, Harmony of the Skills Highlights: Breathing Organism National Pavilion Day: June 12 Location: Within Zone B of the Expo Site Official Website
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"Norway's pavilion, with the theme "Norway, powered by nature," was constructed around 15 model trees made from Norway's pine trees and Chinese bamboo. Wood is widely used as a construction material in Norway while bamboo is the traditional construction material in China. The pavilion aims to present an impression that Norway is a livable place, Norwegians' harmonious relationship with nature, their reverence for nature and how nature has provoked Norway's inspiration. Norway hopes to dedicate each tree to different cities in China."
This pavilion, together with Poland Pavilion, is most beautiful in the night. Its architecture reminds me of the time I spent in Norway!
Pavilion Facts: Theme: Norway, Powered by Nature Highlights: Wood Structure, 15 Model Trees National Pavilion Day: May 28 Pavilion Area: Around 3,000 Square Meters Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site
Loud, opulent and distinctively Middle East. UAE attempts to showcase its wealth with this pavilion, imho. "The United Arab Emirates Pavilion is a huge golden sand dune inspired by the country's desert. The outer covering of the pavilion is gold-colored stainless steel. Its undulating roof, looking as if it has been shaped by the wind, makes the pavilion shimmer and change colors, reminding visitors of the Middle East country's various natural environments."
Pavilion Facts: Theme: Power of Dreams Highlights: Sand Dune National Pavilion Day: September 27 Pavilion Area: Around 6,000 Square Meters Location: Within Zone A of the Expo site