The interior of the white painted steel Danish Pavilion, designed by BIG Architects, houses a gently spiraled track for cyclists. It is paved with the same blue material found on bike paths in Denmark. With 300 bikes available for visitors to the pavilion, everyone will have a chance to experience what it’s like to travel in Denmark. For an added taste of Danish culture, a small pool at the base of the ultra-chic track showcases one of Copenhagen’s treasures – a statue of H. C. Andersen’s Little Mermaid. (I find it somewhat humorous that a pool of water is waiting at the bottom of a spiraling bike path, were you to lose control of your bike… something I would almost certainly do).
In keeping with the Shanghai Expo’s sustainability theme of “Better Life, Better City,” the Danish pavilion’s light exterior helps keep it cool by reflecting the sun’s rays. Of course, all of the cycling activity on the interior encourages city-folk to walk or bike as sustainable modes of transportation. A rooftop garden offers a view of the Expo, although it wasn’t mentioned what’s being grown up there… maybe some fruit-and-veggie munchies for the ride down?