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Hungary Pavilion EXPO 2010 Shanghai

POSTED 27 October 2010
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Different exceptional features let the Hungarian Pavilion be impressive among other buildings on EXPO 2010 in Shanghai: the conceptual design of the architect Tamás Lévai in combination with the Gömböc, a hungarian invention, which based on a mathematical model and is a central element of the exhibition. Gömböc is the first known homogenous object with one stable and one unstable equilibrium point, thus with two equilibria altogether on a horizontal surface. Its motion shows harmony and balance every time. The discovery of the inaccessible path has led to the idea of Gömböc. The pavilion as wood is intended to represent this path, and since it is of immaterial nature, the architects tried to evoke it with non materials: empty space, light and sounds. The construction of the exhibition in the pavilion consists of a wooden installation, which floats above the visitors. Every single element of the wooden composition behaves like a musical instrument. The system of nearly 600 moving sound boxes creates a wavering sound space. The buffer space behaves as a wood opening, being created from a three dimensional matrix by the vertically moving wooden sound tubes. The sunshine is reflected on the light, glossy floor and illuminates the entire structure from beneath. At night lights are glowing in the construction of the wooden sound tubes like stars in the sky. The phenomenon of empty space as a whole thing can only be seen in the mind, mainly as a play of light and shadows while moving in space.
The conceptual design is highly emerge with its simplicity, abstract approach, and the high quality of the esthetic and technical contents. In this work the homogeneity, the abstraction and dynamics of the “Gömböc” theme appears in clear architectural solutions. The plan of the pavilion works with spaces, lights, sounds and natural materials which will give the spirituality for the place. This last nature make the spot to an extraordinary, thinkable place, where the walks in the ‘Fictional Woods’ give the visitor the kind of experience, whereby the Hungarian Pavilion could be the place of relief and spiritual recreation in the 2010 Sanghai Expo.

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FACTS

Project:

Hungarian Pavilion on the World EXPO 2010 Shanghai

Design:

Tamás Lévai, Budapest > www.architizer.com/levai_tamas

Media design:

Ágoston Nagy und Bence Samu, Budapest (Sound installation+3D Matrix) > www.binaura.net

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Location:

Hungary Pavilion, EXPO 2010, Shanghai

Time frame:

01.05.2010-31.10.2010

Client:

Republic of Hungary, Budapest

Photos:

Tamás Lévai, Budapest > www.architizer.com/levai_tamas