The Creativity Pavilion by Plasma Studio

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The Creativity Pavilion by Plasma Studio

This pavilion by London architects Plasma Studio is located at the heart of the 2011 Xi’an International Horticultural Expo, which is currently taking place in China.

The Creativity Pavilion by Plasma Studio

The Creativity Pavilion is formed of three angular volumes that cantilever out across the lake, creating a shelter for visitors to walk or sit below.

The Creativity Pavilion by Plasma Studio

The shape of the building follows the lines of landscape project Flowing Gardens, also designed by Plasma Studio alongside landscape architects Groundlab, which is a series of jolting pathways directed towards the pavilion.

The Creativity Pavilion by Plasma Studio

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Here are some more details from the press release:


Opening of Xi'an Expo
 Press Release

The next big event in China after the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai Expo with a projected 12 Mio visitors for the coming 6 months, Xi’an International Horticultural Expo has officially opened.

The Creativity Pavilion by Plasma Studio

The ancient city of Xi'an- home to the Terracotta Army and many buildings of unique historical significance- is using this opportunity to focus on the current challenges from its recent growth and transformation.
The expo is situated in the Chan-ba Ecological District, a former sandpit where the water was severely degraded in the 1980s. Two decades of work has restored the ecosystem and this expo is able to demonstrate what can be accomplished through the use of the most advanced technology, ideas, and material.
Another challenge that the Expo is starting to address comes from the context of China’s rapid urbanisation process: how to create a sustainable urbanism and provide universal access to open space and nature?

The Creativity Pavilion by Plasma Studio

The Creativity Pavilion is located on the edge of the lake as the endpoint to the central axis that starts with the Gate Building, and is the starting point for the water crossing by boat. It ties in with a series of piers that follow the landscape jutting out into the water. The built volume is interwoven with the articulating ground, producing continuities on many levels integrating the landscape and building together.

The Creativity Pavilion by Plasma Studio

From this flows the organization of the building massed as three parallel volumes within the landscape, flowing through and underneath, leading to the piers, the volumes themselves hover as cantilevers over the lake. The fluid experience of passing through the landscape continues inside, where all zones are interconnected through the looping system of ramps.

The Creativity Pavilion by Plasma Studio

Through its materiality the building again manifests itself as an extension of the ground with its floors and interior walls made from concrete and bronze is used as expression of local identity.

The Creativity Pavilion by Plasma Studio

  • http://www.facebook.com/arthurmani Arthur Mamou-Mani

    It looks very nice for the expo but wondering what will happen after with all the empty paved land. The triangle in Barcelona by Herzog & De Meuron built for another expo seems like such a waste. Why is there so little green land around the building, why can't the triangular patches of grass be used by the public ? It would have been such a nice park afterwards… The concept of buildings being part of the ground could allow the public to access the roof, like on the Snohetta opera house on Oslo. What is the point of buildings being part of the landscape otherwise, what does it bring ? it shouldn't be an end in itself. Looking forward to knowing more !

  • http://www.facebook.com/iskaplan Ian Kaplan

    no interior shots? or how about one standing underneath those beautiful cantilevers? Looks like a successful project, unfortunately we cannot see more!

  • Tim

    Whoa – what a mess.

  • tsengtification

    "Through its materiality the building again manifests itself as an extension of the ground with its floors and interior walls made from concrete…as expression of local identity." I would argue that the green umbrellas are more of an expression of local identity than the concrete.

  • http://www.thedisgruntledarchitect.wordpress.com thedisgruntledarchitect

    It looks interesting how it seems to grow out of the ground; however, I am not a fan of the large glazed, cantilevered spaces that are so spotlighted here. Those spaces seem very played as a structural and architectural design at this point and it also seems the easy way out to highlight a great view of the waterfront or any view for that matter. I prefer architecture that finds a more subtle and innovative way to emphasize views than just a massive window cantilevering out of the element.

  • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    The people underneath look homeless people under a claw. It says more about China's political situation than anything else.

  • LOW

    Those aerial shots.. are… INSANE O_O!!

  • http://autarkic.org Jimmy Leo

    A horticultural expo but you barely see trees. Sad.

  • daedalus

    messy and boring

  • Libny

    I love those massive volumes! And a big applause for Plasma Studio, taking into account the design competition was held just 2 years ago!

    2 years is insane for designing and building this huge project!

  • arjun

    self indulgent posturing.
    have architects really gotten so proud that we have forgotten that we cant really compete with nature when it comes to pure spatial experiences. why are there so many buildings that have little or no connection to the landscape ?
    maybe its a fault with our education system. it seems our hubris grows along with our technological development.
    and its about time this message got through to the next generation of scripters before we have our planet populated by a bunch of inert cockroach looking objects.