israeli pavilion at expo 2010 israeli pavilion at expo 2010
mar 25, 2010

israeli pavilion at expo 2010

israeli pavilion nearing completion

here, is an update of the israeli pavilion at shanghai expo 2010 designed by architect haim z. dotan.

24 meters in height, the 1200 square meter pavilion is built on a 2000 square meter site and its construction is nearing completion. the structure consists of two architectural curvilinear forms which hug each other like two hands or two shells, symbolizing a quiet conversation between man and earth, man and man, nation and nation. the pavilion continuously transforms as the light changes during the day and night. the two hands / shells present the dialogue between man and nature, past and future, temporality and eternity, earth and sky, substance and the virtual. within the forms, are two architectural spaces, symbolizing the spirituality of the ancient jewish nation.

constructing the framework of the pavilion

constructing the framework of the pavilion

the ‘hugging’ forms under construction

the ‘hugging’ forms under construction

israeli pavilion nearing completion

israeli pavilion nearing completion

rendering of the pavilion rendering of the pavilionrendering of aerial view

computer sketches

rendering of frame compotion

preliminary sketches

aerial plan of building and usage

‘the hall of light’

when visitors first enter the main building of the pavilion, there will be multimedia showing the history of jewish evolution, with a 15 m high screen displaying films which highlight the country’s innovative and technological achievements. this is called the ‘hall of light’.

‘the hall of light’

‘the enlighten garden’

visitors enter the pavilion through ‘the enlighten garden’. about 50 orange trees will be planted within and will provide a space in which visitors can be in touch with nature and irrigation technology israelites take pride in.

‘the hall of innovation’ exhibition of audio-visual light balls

israel’s slogan for the expo is ‘innovation for better life’. inside the pavilion jewish culture and innovation will take the spotlight in the ‘hall of innovation’. this is the centrepiece of the pavilion where an exhibition of audio-visual light balls. here images of israelites appear on the screens, talking with visitors in chinese and hebrew. each of the light spheres represent technical breakthroughs in such fields as agriculture, pharmacology, solar / green energy, music, telecommunications…

‘the hall of innovation’ up close ‘the hall of innovation’

  • so boring…

    teliavi says:
  • yay, another rhino turd…its not bad, but seriously,come on guys, these pavilions all look EXACTLY the same!
    it says quite a lot about the group of diplomats who are in charge of commissioning them, and their scarily similar notions of what constitutes a (presumably) progressive national image.
    perhaps they all know each other much better than their respective countries cultural and architectural traditions?

    leaveittovegas says:
  • um, welcome to the yuppie elite…

    lol says:
  • agree,
    there is to much rhino involvment and glass partitions looks simply awfull.

    PS says:
  • @ leaveittovegas
    I don’t get it: one look at the thumbnails under this article gives you an impression of the huge diversity of pavilions. Not one of them looks the same, uses the same materials or is designed with the same vision. I simply don’t understand all the negative comments on designboom these days. Must be the crisis or something…

    Manolo says:
  • manolo, you seem to view criticism as a bad thing?
    I see it as one of the cornerstones of a type of society these 10 minute turds are trying to promote
    no?

    vivalanegativité says:
  • regardless, I must say that in all these pavilion posts, I find the method of construction interesting to see in action.the chinese seem to approach building with a very matter of fact approach, probably born of the huge amount of construction going on in the country as a whole.its not just that the labour is possibly cheaper, but that the methods just seem less precious and much more efficient than in the west?

    vivalasvegas says:
  • Most of the iconic architecture of the 20th century was derided in its day. In fact, that may be said for all of the innovations in any art form for millenia. Judging from the unsubstantiated comments here, this may be a great building.

    D. Barber says:
  • D.Barber, its interesting that you mention looking at these pavilions within a historical perspective. I wonder how we will (if they are remembered at all) look back on them in 20 years. Of course they will look dreadfully old fashioned then, 20 years isnt really enough time, I know, but I think they will probably be remembered as a feat of chinese construction rather than for their amazing design. Which, I guess, suits everyone quite well.

    vivalasvegas says:
  • it’s definitely an interesting structure…don’t like the entrance path that looks more like an intestine.
    I don’t mean to offend anybody but the HUG that this building wants to symbolize doesn’t really suit Israeli politic right now!

    a.d.k.v says:
  • free discussion should not offend.
    db does not moderate but may delay your comments.
    due to some people writing here about nazi ‘culture’ etc.
    we decided to close this page for comments.
    db has currently more than 160.000 readers per day and unfortunately
    two-or-three commentators can ruin the environment.

    birgit/designboom says:

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