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BIG | EXPO 2010 Danish Pavilion

Architecture XPO_Image by BIG_01

XPO_Image by Iwan Baan_02The Danish pavilion does not only exhibit the Danish virtues. Through interaction, the visitors are able to actually experience some of Copenhagen’s best attractions – the city bike, the harbor bath, the playground and the picnic. The bike is a popular mean of transportation and a national symbol – common to Denmark and China. In recent years, however, it has had a very different fate in the two countries. While Copenhagen is striving to become the world’s leading bike city, heavy motor traffic is on the rise in Shanghai, where the car has become a symbol of wealth.

XPO_Image by Iwan Baan_01At the Danish Pavilion we relaunch the bike in Shanghai as a symbol of modern lifestyle and sustainable urban development. The Pavilion and the entire exhibition can be experienced on city bikes that are free for the guests to use. The building is designed as a double spiral with pedestrian and cycle lanes taking you from the ground and through curves up to a level of 12 metres and down again. In this way you can experience the Danish exhibition both inside and outside at two speeds – as calm stroll with time to absorb the surroundings or as a bicycle trip, where the city and city life drift past.

Both Shanghai and Copenhagen are harbor cities. The polluting activities in the Copenhagen harbors have been replaced by harbor parks and cultural institutions, as the result, the water has become clean enough to swim in. In the heart of the pavilion the guests will find the Harbour Pool. Children can dapple their feet in the water and thus experience how it is like to live in a Danish city where the water in the harbour is clean. In the middle of The Harbour Pool, The Little Mermaid is sitting exactly as she usually sits in Copenhagen. The original Mermaid is visiting China as a concrete example of the idea that the Danish pavilion contains the real experience of the Danish city life.

While The Little Mermaid is in Shanghai, her place in Langeline will be occupied by an art work created by the internationally recognized Chinese artist Ai Weise who among other things worked as a consultant on Bird’s Nest, the national Olympic stadium in Beijing.

XPO_Image by BIG_02The pavilion is constructed as a monolithic self-supporting construction in white-painted steel, manufactured at a Chinese shipyard. Synthetic light-blue coating used in Denmark for bicycle paths will cover the roof. Inside, the floor will appear in epoxy, the light-blue bycycle path respectively.

XPO_Image by Leif Orkelbog-Andresen_02

XPO_Image by Leif Orkelbog-Andresen_05The sequence of events at the exhibition takes place between two parallel facades – the internal and external. The internal is closed and contains different functions of the pavilion. The width varies and is defined by the programme of the inner space. The external facade, pavilion’s façade outwards, is made of perforated steel. In the evening time, the indoor activity of the pavilion will be illuminated for passers-by.

XPO_Image by Leif Orkelbog-Andresen_08The Danish artist Jeppe Hein has designed a ‘social bench’ that will run alongside the bicycle lane. In some places, the bench adapts to its environment elastically and different functions are added such as a bar for food and drink.

Location: Shanghai, China
Architect: BIG
Partner-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels
Project Leader: Finn Nørkjær
Project Manager: Henrick Poulsen
Team: Tobias Hjortdal, Niels Lund Petersen, Jan Magasanik, Claus Tversted, Kamil Szoltysek, Sonja Reisinger, Anders Ulsted, Jan Borgstrøm, Pauline Lavie, Teis Draiby, Daniel Sundlin, Line Gericke, Armen Menendian, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Martin W. Mortensen, Kenneth Sørensen, Jesper Larsen
Project: EXPO 2010, Danish Pavilion
Type: Commission
Size: 3.000m2
Client: Erhvervs- og Byggestyrelsen
Collaborators: 2+1, Arup AGU, Arup Shanghai, Tongji, Ai Wei Wei, Jeppe Hein, Martin De Thurah, Peter Funch
Status: Ongoing
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