EXPO PAVILION 2012 YEOSU Korea


Client: The Organizing Committee for Expo 2010 Yeosu, Korea
Contractor: Soma Architects, Wien
Scope of services of Architektur Consult ZT: collaboration in the coordination of final and detailed planning
Location: Korea
Start of construction: 10/2010
Completion: 02/2012
Total area: 7.000 m²

The Organizing Committee for Expo 2012 Yeosu is to erect a new Thematic Pavilion in Yeosu Südkorea by February 2012, to the plans of the Vienna architect firm SOMA, who won the international architectural competition on this project. ARCHITEKTUR CONSULT ZT GMBH has been directly commissioned with a supportive role in the final and detailed planning.

The Thematic Pavilion will be one of the major and permanent facilities of the Yeosu EXPO held 2012 in South Korea. It’s exhibitions will give the visitors overview and introduction to the Expo’s theme. “The Living Ocean and Coast”. The aim of the design is to create an iconic landmark that is integrated into its urban context and the surrounding nature. We experience the Ocean mainly in two ways, as an endless surface and – in an immersed perspective – as depth. The inspires the main concept for the Thematic Pavilion, continuous surfaces that twist from vertical to horizontal orientation and create two exhibition spaces with contrasting spatial qualities. Continuous transitions between contrasting experiences also form the outer appearance of the Pavilion. Towards the sea the conglomeration of solid vertical cones defines a new meandering cost line, a soft edge that is in constant negotiation between water and land Opposite side the pavilion develops out of the ground into an artificial roof-landscape with gardens and scenic paths. The topographic lines of the roof turn into lamellas of the kinetic media façade that faces the Expo’s entrance and the “Digital Gallery”.