saudi arabia pavilion at shanghai world expo 2010
saudi arabia pavilion at shanghai world expo 2010 saudi arabia pavilion at shanghai world expo 2010
apr 30, 2010

saudi arabia pavilion at shanghai world expo 2010

the saudi arabia pavilion image by remko tanis

there’s just 1 day left to go until the official opening of the shanghai world expo 2010.

here are some images of the saudi arabia pavilion which has been a collaboration between chinese and saudi architects –  consisting of a ‘silk road treasure boat’ situated in a ‘happy desert’.

covering a total area of 6,000 square meters, the saudi arabia pavilion features a fine centerpiece: a huge hanging boat shaped like a half moon. many trees are planted on the top deck of the boat, creating a hanging garden, and thus epitomizing the oasis in the desert. the pavilion also boasts a 3D IMAX theater that is larger than any other such theater in the world. ‘tents’ are put up under the date trees for visitors to experience the feeling of ‘living in a tent’. the top deck is also a good spot for a nice riverside view.

a bird’s eye view, image by meiguoxing

named ‘the arabian city’ and with the theme of ‘vitality for life’, the saudi arabia pavilion showcases the arabian wisdom in creating wonderful city life in spite of the severe natural environment without rivers or lakes. highlights of its exhibition include four types of cities: the city of energy, the city of oasis, the ancient city with rich cultural heritage, and the city of fast-growth economy.

view from above photo AFP

the first floor of the pavilion is a garden with both chinese and saudi trees growing, a symbol of the friendship between the two nations. saudi arabia, the homeland of the date palm tree, has reproduced the scene of an oasis in the desert by replanting palm trees on both the rooftop garden and the friendship garden at the ground level.

the pavilion features a 2,000-square-meter cultural plaza where traditional cultural activities will take place. dancers from all over saudi arabia will participate in dances and other activities within the plaza on a daily basis. the main entrance and exit of the pavilion form part of the pavilion hall, which features an enormous atrium with walls and fountains with rich arabic geometrical latticework. visitors have the chance to explore the historical silk road route as well as traditional crafts and special collections.

rendering of the saudi arabia pavilion

rendering of the saudi arabia pavilion

the pavilion at night

  • perfect example how flashy render can fool you in beliving something would look good…

    ivan says:
  • so true ivan 😀 i agree !

    sara says:
  • need to add a ‘bring back to reality’ modifier to 3DS max

    megablok says:
  • it doesn’t look good even on those renders..

    malwina says:
  • horrendous….

    kos says:
  • feo

    eonwyne says:

    CCANO says:
  • crap.

    pit says:
  • The renderings are at least sort of hull-shaped, but they are not even consistent to the hull design as shown in the third cut. The reality to me doesn’t work at all. Pity, as the concept had merit d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Can you get a drink there?

    Al Koholik says:
  • sooo right, ivan!

    glitter says:
  • mmm… it seems that it is last century’s future vision for me..

    signature says:
  • the palms are a nice symbol

    pam says:
  • a pocket oasis … always the same bling bling saga

    farafinart says:
  • very good

    malk lwaa says:
  • Ha, ha, ha! The saudi-chinese symbolism!!! All those metaphores…
    A pitty it’s not just a virtual world-expo.
    They woud’ve won it by far.

    Warning: never watch saudi-chinese architectural design while having dinner!

    ETX says:
  • ive seen the design like this, it just like god house on dragon ball old comic book


    yudhistira endharko says:
  • it just leaves you speechless… (-:

    andrea says:
  • [url=]moncler[/url] seen the design like this, it just like god house on dragon ball old comic book

    vae says:
  • I agree everyone here…
    I Expected Saudi to Show us the WOW factor, not anymore !
    Still, Good Tried.

    RRR says:

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