“Better City, Better life,” says HAI BAO-Aka, the Chinese character chosen by people because of the mascot for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. The motto is related to some moral concepts of sustainability which increase the standard of life. Where a sustainable life isn’t pain but pleasure. Keeping in with Bjarke Ingles, architecture seems to be deep-rooted between two equally desolate fronts: either ingenuously utopian or pragmatic. Instead of choosing one over the opposite, BIG functions within the fertile overlap between the two opposites. a realistic utopian architecture that takes on the creation of culturally, frugally, and naturally perfect places as a practical objective.

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An iconic building just like the Denmark pavilion is an inclusive architecture instead of an exclusive one. An architecture unburdened by the conceptual and stagnant monogamy purposed to one-to-one interest or commitment of a plan. The pavilion is a big loop on which visitors loop around on one each of the 1,500 bikes presented at the doorway, an opportunity to experience the Danish urban way. Imagine one arrives at an expo, he or she goes straight to the Danish pavilion, gets his city bike so he rides to the Swedish, Korean, or Azerbaijani pavilions on his Danish Bike. Sounds amazingly interesting! Well, the Denmark pavilion by BIG allows you to cherish the identical. An infrastructure for bicycles, sort of a bicycle lane looped around itself. The loop connects the shove of city bikes and also the serene meander of pedestrians in a very cosmic jaw-dropping blend.

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Sustainability is usually defined as something where one is demanded to take a tough route to their lifestyle with the motive of keeping the environment safe. So eventually ends up in the very fact that sustainable life is a smaller amount of fun than a standard way of living. Sustainability shouldn’t always idolize to make one’s life tough and in an exceedingly protocol with as jeopardized to be “no emancipation”. It should be proclaimed as desirable and a boon to an environment with no adjustment to our normal lives. With the Danish Pavilion, we’ve got attempted to consolidate one or two real experiences of how a sustainable city – like Copenhagen can increase the standard of life. Thus acting as a catalyst to accomplish the aim of sustainability.

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Structurally, The pavilion is conceived together giant self- supporting tubular truss almost like the hull of a steel ship. The façade needs perforation for daylight and ventilation, but because of the structural performance of the truss. The degree of perforation varies with the structural stress. As a result, the facade of the pavilion becomes this abstract pattern of sunshine and darkness reflecting the flow of individuals and bicycles within the pavilion also because of the flow of forces inside the steel wall. The white color gives the pavilion a maritime look that reflects the Danish maritime tradition. within the getting dark, the façade becomes a sequenced instrument of interactive and dramatic light illuminating the passers-by. The pavilion may be a monolithic structure in white painted steel which keeps it cool during the Shanghai summer sun thanks to its heat-reflecting characteristics. The roof is roofed with a lightweight blue surfacing texture, known from Danish cycle paths. Inside, the ground is roofed with light epoxy and also features the blue cycle path where the bikes have the building. Thus a complete integration of sunshine and architecture. 

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A continuous geometric loop representing the values and cultures of a country with an exceptional and radical design and BIG’s philosophy of turning architecture into poetry. “The fairytale of the little mermaid “ is a tale about leaving your home to meet another world uniting two cultures, Denmark and China, and perhaps mostly it is a tale about the belief that by giving up a part of yourself, you get so much more in return. 


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