China Flower Expo Renaissance Pavilion / Huajian Group Shanghai Architectural Design & Research Institute
Text description of the architects. As the permanent main venue of the Flower Expo, the Renaissance Pavilion is located on the main axis of the core area of the Flower Expo Park. It is the heart of the entire Flower Expo Park. The total construction area of the Renaissance pavilion is around 37,240 square meters. The building consists of four independent buildings. The exhibition hall consists of the main indoor flower exhibition functions in 35 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan during the 40-day exhibition. The space in front of the building will be used as the venue for the opening ceremony of the Flower Expo and as an important meeting point for Flower Expo activities. As the background of the square, the Renaissance pavilion bears the important image of the flower exhibition.
1. New Chinese style. The design integrates traditional Chinese culture elements into the new era and emphasizes the spirit of the Chinese nation. With the building’s continuously folding pitched roof, colorful eaves and slim red columns, the entire building does not use classic symbols for interpretation, but uses color and room design to emphasize the spirit of the Chinese nation. Following the “freehand brushstroke” of the essence of Chinese art, it creates a new Chinese charm and brings the national cultural identity into the new era.
2. paper. The up and down of the roof is wavy and patchy. What is more interesting is that the designers used the composition technique to copy the concept of traditional Chinese origami onto the roof of the Renaissance pavilion. Take a rectangular piece of soft cardboard and fold the roof of the Renaissance pavilion using virtual and solid fold lines. The roof is light and stretched, and the metal material on the surface can reflect sunlight and the surroundings, adding to the lightness of the building, as if a sheet of paper were floating on a sea of flowers.
The suspended ceiling under the eaves gallery mimics the effect of traditional Chinese origami art by skillfully splicing multiple triangles to form a twisted and rhythmic alternation of tips, creating a wonderful eaves gallery space. The super-thin red pillars under the false ceiling are cleverly connected to the roof, making the roof feel more drawn than supported, and the overall intent is lighter and thinner.
3. Innovative sustainable ideas. To offset the immediate use of the 41-day exhibition and the decades after the conference, the architectural design has developed a comprehensive design method that takes into account both the exhibition and the permanent post-conference functions. Halfway through the construction of the venue, the exhibition is carried out by adjusting the device layout. After the meeting, the final building function (green plant superfactory and research and development base) will continue to be completed and the sustainable design concept will be applied to the utmost.
The Renaissance pavilion fully takes into account the ecology and comfort of the building. The unimpeded large eaves and the north-south passage between the three exhibition halls have become part of the public service of the exhibition. The open transition space improves the wind environment of the building. The daylight skylight in the middle of the exhibition hall complements the natural light for the large and deep indoor exhibition hall, which corresponds to the design concept of Green Buildings.
Above all, the skylight of the north-south passage reaches the floor evenly through the bamboo lattice, creating a soft space like a walk in the forest. The Renaissance Pavilion uses the modern interpretation of traditional Chinese elements, adopts the hands-free design techniques of Chinese culture and strives for the harmonious coexistence of the building and its surroundings and creates the event building of the 10th China Flower Expo with the characteristics of “new Chinese style”.