Daily Dose: Oriental Crown

Add to TwitterChina’s pavilion, nicknamed the “Oriental Crown,” is one of only five structures that will remain after the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai is over at the end of October. Its permanent role will be as a national history museum.

Unveiling of China's Pavilion - "Oriental Crown"; Image courtesy of inhabitat.com

With four structural pillars and six staggered floors, He Jingtang’s design of the Oriental Crown is an imposing force. The visual impact references historic methods of construction in China, while the building as a whole maintains a decidedly contemporary, clean-cut appearance. I can just imagine what a thrilling experience it would be to look out from each level seeing nothing of the floor directly below!

The pavilion isn’t just another “pretty face,” though. An exterior temperature buffer zone and natural ventilation keep its environmental impact low, and the inverted shape shades the building and facilitates rainwater harvesting. I’d say it passes as in keeping with the Expo’s “Better Life, Better City” theme!

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