ABT engineers Dutch pavilion at Expo 2010 in ShanghaiWorld Expo 2010 in Shanghai have been presented and the Chinese media are already calling the Happy Street project one of the most striking expo submissions they have received. The bridge, which runs high and low over the site like a roller coaster, is technically far from ordinary too. ABT is currently developing the structural, architectural, materials and installation aspects of the design by architect/artist John Körmeling. Rietveld-Schröderhuis.
The pavilion displays include Dutch inventions in the areas of energy-saving and sustainability. Visitors can see into the houses from the street and enter four of them. Körmeling’s design is a clean break with the traditional seriousness of world expo designs. His aim is a carnival-like atmosphere that puts a smile on visitors’ faces. He also showcases the country’s rich building tradition.
ABT is developing the project to the so-called Definitive Design Plus (DO+) level. Local parties, including Tongji University in Shanghai, will be assisting with construction. The completed design is due in April, with the building of Happy Street due to start late this year. The Dutch government and the business community are funding the construction, fitting out and operation of the pavilion at a cost of 20 million euros.
‘Shanghai’ is ABT’s third Expo pavilion. It was also involved in the design of the pavilions in Seville (1992) and Hannover (2000).