Intercity Rail Station
at Expo 2000
HANNOVER EXPO'00 VISION
This kinder, gentler
exposition will feature technology as life’s enhancer, rather than its
driver. Technology is clearly a key factor in facilitating construction,
updating facilities, transportation, virtual reality displays, multi-media
communication and other infrastructure improvements, but it is a backdrop
to the environmental focus.
While many structures will
be striking in architectural form, national pavilions will be noted, too,
for their use of abundant, indigenous resources in construction. The
German pavilion employs steel, wood and glass in an innovative structure,
allowing views of the exhibition area unobstructed by support beams.
Designed by German architect Josef Wund, the glass-walled pavilion will be
distinguished as the world’s largest exhibition hall without pillars.
Glass was chosen as the primary construction material to illustrate
Germany’s vision of itself as an open culture-- this, a tie-in to Expo
2000’s humanitarian theme.
foot pavilion, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru
Ban, will be made
mostly of recycled paper. In line with environmental focus, the structure
will be completely recycled after the fair.
The Spanish pavilion will
be a pyramid of cork, and following its post-Expo dismantling, components
will be used in various other construction projects.
ZERI , (Zero Emissions
Research Initiative), under the guidance of architect Simon Velez, will
construct a mushroom-shaped pavilion of bamboo, recycled cement, copper,
and a mixture of terracotta, cement and bamboo fiber panels. The
organization is involved in the use of production residues and
regenerative raw materials for home construction. According to ZERI,
concrete-reinforced bamboo is comparable to steel in strength, and the
composition has withstood earthquakes in Colombia’s coffee region. The
mixture will be used to promote the cultivation of bamboo for residential
construction and as an ecologically sensible way to staunch erosion caused
Finland calls its pavilion
"Windnest, and a cluster of birch trees will lie in the center of a
wood and glass structure designed by architects Antti-Matti Slikala and
Sarlotta Narjus. The pavillion employs sustainability principles in its
design. Daylight and natural air penetration reduces the need for
electricity, and after Expo 2000, the facility will be used as a
Office-Hall at Expo 2000
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