Shanghai Expo 2010 Madrid Pavilion, AZPA Architects, Chinese Building Design

Shanghai Expo Madrid Pavilion

Architecture Information China design by AZPA Architects

27 Aug 2011

Madrid Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010

Madrid Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010

Architect: Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architects – AZPA, London, United Kingdom

WAF Entry: 2011

Shanghai Expo 2010 Madrid Pavilion

The Madrid Pavilion at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai applies strategies originally developed for Carabanchel Social Housing (Bamboo House) in Madrid to this project in Shanghai. In addition to translating, adapting and improving the original design, this project aims to rebuild the original building mimetically.

Madrid Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 Madrid Pavilion Shanghai Expo Shanghai Expo 2010 Madrid Pavilion
photographs : Emilio P Soitzua

Where the Carabanchel Social Housing project was regulated by a set of specific residential constraints, the main design strategies of the Madrid Pavilion include its diverse programme requirements, different user groups, how the space will be perceived and the orientation and structure of the building for this particular location. Given the variety of uses required by the pavilion, the proposal has been to detect and sectorise the architectural programme’s functions according to each one’s specific visitors.

Therefore, the space is divided into public spaces for exhibition visitors and users of the public areas, professional areas, private spaces for VIPs and areas for staff including the kitchen, gift shop and storage facilities. These are located over 5 levels and the roof, organised around a large central atrium are which hosts the exhibition.

The exhibition itself organised around the walk through the building. Visitors enter the exhibition via an escalator leading from outside directly to the 4th floor, which is where the exhibition begins. This floor is designed as a promenade which descends directly into a large central atrium space, creating a sense of spectacle. The atrium provides an open visual experience, allowing visitors to perceive the entire pavilion (including closed-off professional and private areas) during their descending journey through the building.

Shanghai Expo Madrid Pavilion Madrid Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 Madrid Pavilion Shanghai Expo
photographs : Emilio P Soitzua

Like the Bamboo House, the Madrid Pavilion is enclosed with bamboo louvers mounted on folding frames. However, where the original project used its louver system to create a skin which could be differentiated by the inhabitants’ desires, the Madrid pavilion’s bamboo skin is configured to provide passive energy control, making it an exterior space of energetic interchange.

Shanghai Expo 2010 Madrid Pavilion – Building Information

Title: Madrid Pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai, China
Client: Fundación Madrid Global 2010
Completion: 2010
Total Area: 2.800 m²
Budget: €4.8 million

FOA Partner in Charge: Alejandro Zaera-Polo
Project Architect: Pablo Ros
Team: Robert Berenguer, Pep Wennberg

Promoter: Madrid Spain Expo Shanghai 2010
Project Director: Manu Rubio
Project Architect: Pablo Ros
Main Contractor: Shanghai Construction Group
Structural Engineering: BOMA
Building Services Engineering: PGI Engineering
Construction Drawings: Institute of Design of the University of Tongji (Tjadri)
Quantity Surveyors: Ardèvol Consultors Associats
Quality Control: Tinjua Shanghai
Health & Safety: Bureau Veritas (Contact: Mr Wiming Tu)
Site Supervision: Pablo Ros
Building Management: Expo Shanghai (Contact: Mr Zhang Peng); Madrid Spain Pavilion (Manu Rubio)

Text: Copyright AZPA/FOA

Shanghai Expo Madrid Pavilion images / information from FD

Location: Shanghai, China

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