The design for the World Horticultural Expo 2014 Theme Pavilion (by UN-Studio) includes an expo hall, a performance hall, conference center, and a media center. The landscape design focuses on the relationship between science and nature: while scientific achievement serves as an inspiration, the design communicates the essential generative and structural principles of nature through architectural gesture.
The buildings become gently absorbed in the landscape, yet each maintains its individual identity. The roofs are envisioned as elevated landscaped plateaus, each addressing a different portion of the Masterplan with its inclination and terracing, providing panoramic views that extend far into the surrounding landscape.
!melk has showcased the Horticultural Expo’s seven themes on one site, materially through our use of seven indigenous botanical pallets and poetically through the use of a colorful mosaic in the form of seven red Chinese roses. Each of these patterns was inspired by microscopic or molecular geometries, representing the essence of one theme. !melk’s patterns are not only ‘graphics’ but also fully composed landscapes including elements that are integrated, functional and educational at the same time.
UN Studio (architects), Qingdao Architectural Design Institute Corp. (architects), Qingdao Architectural Design Institute (engineer), Arup (engineering consultant)
UN Studio, Edmon Leong