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Spanish Pavilion for Shanghai Expo

”a woven basket” is the inspiration of this World Architecture Festival 2009 – Future Project of the Year award wining Expo 2010 project.

I love how a basket can perfectly remind us of Mediterranean culture and especially Spain. Sometimes it does not have to be a direct reference to culture, a small detail that could be seen in daily life can easily represent the country.It is not a ”bull” or ”red color” ,not even ”tomatoes”…

A building covered by woven basket fabric remind me of a small narrow Spanish summer town street. Women walking by, chatting, colorful people…

”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.” explains the main statement of Spain for Expo 2010.

The large scale  baby sculpture sits at the center of the interior of the building. When I look at it ,my first impression is : youth. The importance of youth in a country’s future.

Overall I think this building is the only one that keeps the ties strongly connected to its own culture while still amazes us as an architectural piece in Shanghai expo 2010.


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