The Canadian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010
The architectural parti distinguishes two closely related entities:
The building as a looped ribbon
The interior court as a circumscribed public square
The way the "Ribbon" wraps around to form the centre projects the image of a country that embraces that which it holds most dear: its population. The continuous path between entrance and exit suits the program of public performances, creating a platform upon which a series of events may unfold. Their starting point will be in the interior court left free at the centre of the pavilion that encompasses it. The Interior court, public square or urban room, it is the place where urban life crystallizes and is renewed. Symbolized by the physical form it adopts and the characteristics that emanate from it, the court evokes the true nature of city. The Centre also is where Cirque du Soleil who created the concept design for the Pavilion, are also putting on public performances, organize cultural programs and develop strategic corporate alliances for the pavilion.
The exterior of the building is made of many levels which all have been well thought out and all have a purpose.
A first shell
The shell constitutes the interior face of the building. Minimal in its construction, without decoration, it lays low and holds only a functional, supportive role to the spectacles that it houses, those that constitute its vibrant heart.
A second envelope
Distinct from the first, it covers the latter with a space between the two. This double wall, itself an insulating coat, reduces the energy expenditures for air conditioning.
Exterior peripheral wall
Multiple facets placed randomly sculpt the facades like crystals under the light of atmospheric, luminescent phenomena. It uses a series of flat-surfaced fans striated only by fine grooves. Wood, the Canadian material of preference – natural, renewable and recoverable – offers an infinite variety of effects depending on the hour of the day or the quality of light.
The design of the building is modern, fresh, and while some people might not like it, I think it screams Canada. I see it as a modern totem pole which is a huge part of Canadian heritage and the idea of wrapping around to form a safe environment and ribbon reminds me of the people. The use of wood is an obvious and the fact that its a green building is well just swell for us. It might not be as great as some of the other buildings at the expo and might not be my favorite but its up there. Its got a great design and well it screams Canadian, plus its way better then the Canadian pavilion at the Vancouver Olympics.