Intercity Rail Station
at Expo 2000
HANNOVER EXPO'00 VISION
In Nepal, 800 families are
busily crafting pieces of the Himalayan Pavilion that will be handmade
without the use of modern machinery. The creative project of architects
Amrit Shakya and Subarna K. Shresta, it will typify traditional Asian
architecture for sacred buildings.
The United States
designed by architects Regina Leibinger and Frank
Barchow, lays out
small-town America with two Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired wooden houses
connected to Main Street and its culturally diverse attractions.
awareness at the heart of Expo 2000, this fair addresses up front what
traditionally has been a downside for the host country. Typically, fairs
produce elaborate, but temporary structures, memorable for their striking
designs, but enjoying a relatively brief stand. Most are dismantled when
the world show completes its run; others become ghostly relics, unused and
abandoned. Sustainability, a key theme of Expo 2000, will ensure that much
of the new construction will be pressed into service as functional office,
educational or commercial space, and many enterprises already have made
commitments for post-Expo use. The University of Hannover
has claimed space for its Design Center, and an international university
for women will take up residence at the exposition site.
pavilion, a wood and glass composition designed by architect Francoise-Helene Jourda, will become home to that countryís sports department store chain
Decathlon, which already has taken over construction costs. Other Expo
2000 structures will be transported to their home countries or host
locations, and reassembled in part or whole as museums or cultural
attractions. Choosing the existing Hannover Fair Grounds , which is
surrounded by technology heavyweights such as Bosche, Blaupunkt, and
Siemens as the site for Expo 2000, positions the location as an
economically viable venue that can sustain post-exhibition traffic, and
makes it more attractive to after-market investors.
Lastly, the journey to Expo
2000 will be further representation of this exhibitionís architecture
and environmental dynamic. A partnership between German Rail and Expo 2000
allows the fair to benefit from a planned upgrade of high-speed express
intercity train routes and in-town stations, which, in many cases, will
cut travel time significantly and eliminate transfer points to Hannover. A
new Hannover Trade
Fair/Laatzen station directs visitors through a
dramatic, transparent, caterpillar-like tunnel, providing easy access to
Expoís western entrance. Direct access to Expo from the airport via a
new city underground station will further reduce the need to drive. To
highlight the Expo/German Rail partnership, Hannover buses and high-speed
train have sported the Expo 2000 logo since 1998.
Office-Hall at Expo 2000
With its pioneering
introduction of environmentally enhanced architecture, Expo 2000 lays the
foundation for the Japan 2005, a "green" exhibition which is
slated to call for recognition of natureís wisdom.
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