Swiss Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010
by Buchner Bründler Architects

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Shangai Expo 2010: architectural photographer Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre has sent us some photographs of the completed Swiss Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010, designed by Buchner Bründler Architects and Element.

The Pavilion features a curtain of woven aluminium, which stores energy from the sun and uses it to light the façade up at night.

A roof garden at the top of the pavilion can be accessed via chair lift, with the journey from the ground to the roof taking 10 minutes.

See a couple of photographs of the interior in our earlier story.

All photographs are copyright Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre/View and are used with permission.

More stories on the Shanghai Expo 2010 here.

The following information is from the Expo organisers:


Pavilion Features

A combination of technological insight and beautiful dream - Swiss Pavilion best shows the characteristics of modern Switzerland, including the pursuit of excellence, innovation and high-quality life, as well as concepts of future facing, forward looking and sustainable development.

Pavilion Display

The most distinguished feature of the Swiss Pavilion is the chair lift ride. The journey takes about 10 minutes. The chair lift will take people up and out to the roof garden from the inside pavilion. The chairs are sheltered to ensure operation under the raining weather.

Highlight 1: Interactive And Intelligent Facade

The interactive, intelligent facade enveloping the pavilion is a curtain of woven aluminium elements under which visitors pass to access the urban area on the ground floor of the building. LED lights comprised of an energy source, a storage unit and a consuming unit are incorporated into the facade. The energy produced is made visible in the form of flashes that are triggered by the pavilion surroundings, such as the sun or flashes made by visitor cameras. Thanks to the storage of energy in each individual cell, the facade is also active at night, when the cells will trigger each other.

Highlight 2: Use Of Chinese Philosophy

The design concept is visible in a mix of many contradictory elements, the Chinese Philosophy of "Yin" and "Yang" is well reflected in the entire building, to achieve an ingenious combination of high-tech and nature.

Highlight 3: Riding A Cable Car

Riding a cable car, visitors can get to the roof for a sightseeing of the classic Swiss scenery. The chair lift will lift visitors from the ground floor where the exhibition focuses on Swiss urban civilization, to the roof where a tranquil space close to nature and far away from the crowd is provided. During the journey, 50 binocular stations set up along the ramp will provide visitors with three-dimensional glimpses of innovative and sustainable Swiss success stories.

Highlight 4: IMAX Film "The Alps"

At the top end of the ramp of the exhibition area, visitors can see a 10-meter-high projection screen in the atrium. The IMAX film "The Alps," showcasing magnificent Swiss mountain scenery, will be projected.

Theme: Rural and Urban Interaction
Highlights: Curtain of Woven Aluminium Elements
National Pavilion Day: August 12
Pavilion Area: around 4,000 square meters
Location: Within Zone C of the Expo site


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French Pavilion by Jacques Ferrier Architectures German Pavilion by Schmidhuber + Kaindl More stories on Shanghai Expo 2010
  • Axel

    and the rooftop?

  • wordy

    AWFUL!

  • btplmr

    unpleasent to look at.

  • ondrej

    this really sucks, expo seems to be a mixture of some value and prevailing pop shit. This is one of the worst cases.

  • cornballer

    are there any photos of the actual interior/roof? Surely that is the most interesting part

  • http://designtraveller.blogspot.com/ design traveller

    not very gracious… but interesting concept.

  • Sven

    What is this ? And whatever it might be, it looks like it’s got measles !

  • eb nyc

    Swiss product design.

  • William

    I don’t trust any buildings supported by spent paper towel rolls.

  • nico

    wtf does anyone know where there are built interior/rooftop photos of this project? i can only find renderings

  • MR

    @eb nyc.. if you try to be ironic, at least try to be intelligent. The Beijing olympic’s Bird’s nest is also swiss product design. Wanna be ironic about that too?