Qingdao World Horticultural Expo


Qingdao, China, 2011

UNStudio’s design for the World Horticultural Expo 2014 Theme Pavilion consists of the Main Expo Hall, a Performance Hall, Conference Centre, and a Media Centre. The design focuses on the relationship between Science and Nature. Whilst scientific achievement serves as an inspiration, the design communicates the essential generative and structural principles of nature through architectural gesture.
The buildings become gently absorbed in the landscape, whilst maintaining their individual identities. The architecture of the Theme Pavilion further responds to the dominant skyline of the mountains surrounding the Masterplan by means of carefully composed roofscapes on the individual buildings. These roofs are envisioned as elevated landscaped plateaus, each addressing a different portion of the Masterplan with its inclination and terracing, providing panoramic views which extend far into the surrounding landscape.


Client: Office of 2014 Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Executive Committee
Location: Qingdao
Building surface: 35.000m2
Building volume: 168.000m3
Building site: 35.000m2
Programme: Main Expo Pavilion including Expo Hall, Grand Theater, Conference Center and Media Hub with integrated Landscape Design
Status: Competition 1st prize


Ben van Berkel, Gerard Loozekoot, Hannes Pfau with Jörg Petri and Milena Stopic, Maud van Hees, Shu Yan Chan, Qiyuan Ding, Phillip Mecke, Xing Xiong, Junjie Yan, Nanang Santoso, Amanda Chan

Structure: Arup, Amsterdam
MEP & Sustainability: Arup, Hong Kong
Landscape Architect: !melk landscape architecture PC, New York 
Theater Advisor: Theateradvies bv, Amsterdam
Visualisations: Methanoia, Buenos Aires