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.
Qingdao World Horticultural Expo
UNStudio Ben van Berkel, Hannes Pfau, Gerard Loozekoot with Markus van Aalderen, Joerg Petri, Milena Stopic and Yu-Chen Liu, Cong Ye, Irina Bogdan, Xing Xiong, Maud van Hees, ShuoJiong Zhang, Philipp Mecke, Maya Alam, Yu-Chen Liu, Junjie Yan, Gilles Greis, Subhajit Das, Erwin Horstmanshof, Faiz Zohri, Andrew Brown, Patrik Noomé, Amanda Chan, Nanang Santoso
Advisors Competition stage Landscape Architect: !melk landscape architecture PC, New York Theater Advisor: Theateradvies bv, Amsterdam Structure: Arup, Amsterdam MEP: Arup, Hong Kong
Construction stage Structure engineering: Qingdao Architectural Design Institute (QUADI) MEP engineering: Qingdao Architectural Design Institute (QUADI) Facade engineering: Senyang Yuanda Aluminium Industry Engineering CO.,LTD-Special Project Group. Lighting designers: Tsinghua Tongfang Local Architect: Qingdao Architectural Design Institute Corporation