Expo 2010, Shanghai, China
The Australian pavilion has been designed to read in its surrounds as a bold sculptural form, both modern and organic. Set in a stark abstract landscape of the World Expo Site, the sensuous ribbon of the facade generates an undulating form which is designed to have no obvious front, rear or sides. The prominent entry is articulated by a large glazed tear and illuminated signage. The form varies dramatically as one moves through the surrounding streets. Glazed tubular circulation ramps protrude in and out of the curving façade, providing interest and views for participants and intrigue for passers by. The singular materiality of the cladding reinforces the form, with the earthly tones of the Corten steel referencing the ubiquitous Australian landscape while the highly sculptural skin expresses the modernity and quality design of our cities. The continuous façade is broken with glazed tears that provide access and light. Internally the large performance space and ancillary functions are organised around a full height internal courtyard giving some drama to the spatial relationships within. The pavilion expresses the duality of the sparse Australian landscape and its densely populated urban centres.