Friday, June 25, 2010

Travels: The Spanish Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010

The Spanish Pavilion for the Expo was designed by the firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. The scheme features a facade constructed of steel frame and clad with hand weaved wicker panels, based on the traditional Spanish craft of wicker basketwork. Altogether, the steel frame of the 7,000-square-meter structure is being covered in more than 8,000 wicker panels. Three different coloured panels of brown, beige, and black, create the impression of a tiger skin to celebrate the 2010 Chinese Year of the Tiger. The panels were handmade by craftsmen in Shandong province, each one unique in design.

The impact of these wicker panels at night is surreal, with the Tiger skin glowing from inside as a result of creative lighting design. This pavilion is one of the most distinctive within the European Square of this Expo.

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