Shanghai's Explosive Expo Pavilions
Slideshow by Matt Chaban
Photography by Nic Lehoux
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The colorful facade of the South Korean pavilion was designed by artist Ik-joong Kang and Mass Studio.
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Both the shape of the structure and the tiles that make up its facade are representations of the Korean alphabet.
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The spaces between letters create windows of sorts...
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...and a porous surface that glows at night.
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An escalator leads into the pavilion...
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...where visitors can frolic on tessellated terraces.
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The Spanish Pavilion, designed by Miralles Tagliabue/EMBT, is a slightly more demure abstraction than its Korean neighbor.
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The structure is made from wicker scales, a nod to simpler craft making that has been pushed to the extremes of engineering.
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Again, glowing translucence is big.
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Inside, natural light streams in through the wicker panels.
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The more solid ramps and platforms almost look out of place.
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But one must get around, and a wicker stair sounds none too appealing.
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The unbeatable crowd favorite has been Thomas Heathewick's United Kingdom Pavilion.
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The structure is at once ominous and inviting.
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Just look at the crowds fighting to get in.
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What makes the structure so appealing is the fiberglass tubes that draw light within and without the structure.
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Once inside, the allure is apparent.
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Like walking through a rainbow machine.
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Three honorable mentions: Norman Foster's showy creation for the United Arab Emirates.
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A typically in-touch-with-nature entry from Finland, designed by JKMM Architects.
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And the Danish Pavilion designed by rising star BIG-Bjorke Ingels Group.