Expo 2010: Pavilion – Finland, Sweden, Norway (Zone C)

Finland pavilion

Theme: Well-being, Competence and Environment
National Pavilion Day: May 27
Pavilion Area: Around 3,000 Square Meters
Location: Within Zone C of the Expo site

Pavilion Features

The Finnish pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010 is called “Kirnu” (“Giant’s Kettle”). Designed by a team from Helsinki-based architect’s office JKMM, the “Kirnu” is surrounded by a lake, appearing to float on the water. It has the slogan “Sharing Inspiration,” where ideas can meet and mix. The design draws inspiration from Finnish nature. Elements reinterpreted in the pavilion include the shape of small rocks found on coastal islands, the surface of a fish, reflection on water, framed view of the sky and smell of tar on wood.

finland pavilion-day

Finland attempts to capture the ideas of freedom, creativity, innovation, community, health and nature in its exhibition. The Exhibition Story extends through three spaces: the welcoming introduces essences of Finland as well as the Virtual Guide (aka Spirit of Finland), accompanying the guest along the exhibition.

The second area opens up breathtaking magical landscapes, attached to the foundations of Finland: nature, national character, society, economy, education and culture. The third area is named City of Dreams, an interactive and beautiful presentation of elements of the Better Life, as well as solutions and perspectives Finland wants to share. The architecture of the exhibition is functional and clean, serves as a background to present art, design and high technology. The flooring of best-quality Finnish wood and beautifully lit snow-cave or cloudlike structures in the air connects the spatial elements, along with one of the largest textile artworks in the world on the inner wall. The Story is free of verbal commentary, with only ambient soundscape created by Sibelius-Academy. The elements of a balanced, sustainable and enjoyable urban-oriented life are presented in many aspects.

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Into the Pavilion

A bridge guides visitors through the water into the pavilion. The ground floor consists of the central yard, the restaurant and shopping area. Visits to the shop and restaurant can be made after the exhibition on the 2nd floor without getting stuck in the flow of people. Visitors can not only enjoy typical Finnish food adapted to the Chinese taste but also buy some well designed Finnish souvenirs.

Facilities such as the VIP lounge, sauna, meeting and back office can be found on the third floor. Our partner companies can organize various events such as seminars, press conferences, product displays, performances or even banquets for their guests.

finland pavilion inside

Pavilion Highlights

Highlight 1: Advanced technology and Interactivity

Virtual guides: on the huge animated screen, there are virtual guides who will help the guests to understand the themes and stories by playfully interacting with screen contents, without speaking.

Augmented reality: augmented reality technology will be used to create an inspiring experience which brings together many diverse elements of Finland in an exciting interactive adventure. The first public premiere of augmented reality on Nokia’s N900 mobile device will be shown in the Finland Pavilion.

Interactive electronic artwork: 200 mobile phones will react to passing guest by changing their display colours. The guest may also take his/her snapshot and add it to the artwork; the snapshots are continuously replaced by following guests.

KONE Lantern elevator: The KONE Lantern elevator was designed to replicate the effects of a Chinese lantern but with a Finnish twist. The elevator, combining innovative technologies and cutting-edge design, will be a highly visible and integral part of the pavilion both as a functional elevator and an exhibition piece. The elevator will feature the latest in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology which will enable the pavilion’s VIP guest to access the top floor.

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Highlight 2: Sustainable Innovation

The construction materials and methods have been selected so that construction generates as few greenhouse gas emissions as possible and the building will be easy to disassemble and rebuild after the Expo. The most innovative construction material of the pavilion is a composite UPM ProFi -shingle based on recycled paper and plastic. 25,000 injected marble white scaly shingles cover the outer facade of the pavilion.

inside-finland pavilion

Highlight 3: Finnish Culture and Design

Textile artwork: Blue wall, one of the world’s largest textile art works is displayed in the exhibition hall.

Sauna: the Finland Pavilion includes a 100-square-meter sauna, which will introduce a typical Finnish sauna to VIP guests. It is the only pavilion that has sauna facilities at the 2010 Expo. Finland is a “sauna country” as the concept originated in the nation.

Santa Claus: the visitors will have chance to meet Santa Claus on certain days during Expo. Korvatunturi, the mountain in Finnish Lapland where Santa Claus lives, lies 1000 kilometres north of the capital, Helsinki. He lives there with his wife and hundreds of elves. He glides lightly over the snow in a sleigh drawn by prancing reindeer, with Rudolph in the lead to deliver gifts to children all over the world.

Culture Feast: Finland has designed a comprehensive cultural program to promote Finnish music, especially the music for the younger generation of Expo 2010 visitors. On the list are jazz, opera, ballet, symphony, children’s drama and some classical types of music.

Santa Claus -finland pavilion

Meet Santa Claus at the Finland Pavilion!

Major Events

Finland will organize around 50 events including music, design, visual arts, film screenings and dramas during the Expo. May 27, 2010 will be the Finland Day when events will be held throughout the whole Expo area. Visitors can enjoy a wide array of international cream of Finnish music from world music,electronic and heavy metal to classical. Other productions include ie. A collaborative production between Jin Xing dance group & Marimekko design company, Finnish National Ballet, Spin the musical, Moominpappa at Sea childrens theatre, and many more.

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Sweden pavilion

Theme: Spirit of Innovation
Highlights: Energy-saving Wood
National Pavilion Day: May 23
Pavilion Area: Around 3,000 Square Meters
Location: Within Zone C of the Expo site

sweden pavilion day

The pavilion was designed by the architectural firm SWECO, and the concept aligns closely with Expo’s main theme, “Better City, Better Life”. The Swedish pavilion at Expo 2010 is a temporary building that will contain the Swedish exhibition, VIP areas and other facilities such as offices. The 3,000 square metre building will be constructed on a section approximately the same size, and will be located in the European section alongside the other Nordic countries.

Pavilion Features

As the key words “Sustainability, Innovation and Communication” cornerstones, the Sweden Pavilion showcases how the nation’s spirit of innovation solves problems, improves the urban environment and living standards, and demonstrates the importance of communication under the new technology situation.

sweden pavilion night

The pavilion comprises four cube-like structures that are arranged to form a cross-like space between them – a shape much like Sweden’s flag when seen from above. The outside walls show a city-like grid; the inside walls are covered with images of nature. These cubes are connected by elevated walkways, and house the exhibition, VIP areas, a shop, a café, and a large covered courtyard – room enough for everyone.

Pavilion Highlights

Highlight 1: Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design Adhering to the concept of sustainability, the design of the pavilion emphasizes the concept of recycling and reuse. The four sections of the pavilion are connected at an intersection, which symbolizes the harmonious interaction between city and countryside. Through this crossroad, visitors are able to reach every section of the pavilion with ease and comfort.

day sweden pavilion

Highlight 2: Creativity and Innovation

Creativity and Innovation are displayed everywhere in the Sweden Pavilion, inviting people to interact and think deeply. Visitors can experience Swedish culture, society, engineering and traditions, which demonstrate Swedish people’s passion for nature and spirit of innovation.

sweden pavilion inside

Highlight 3: Cafes and Boutiques

This three-storey complex composed of four connected blocks contains an exhibition area of about 1500 square meters, and a number of cafes and boutiques. The third floor includes the VIP section and restaurants. Visitors can savor Swedish coffee while enjoying Swedish movies and music. Souvenirs from Sweden will also be available.

inside-sweden pavilion

Norway pavilion

Theme: Norway, Powered by Nature
Highlights: Wood Structure, 15 Model Trees
National Pavilion Day: May 28
Pavilion Area: Around 3,000 Square Meters
Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site

norway pavilion day

A forest from Norway is providing a cool experience for visitors to the 2010 World Expo. Norway’s pavilion, with the theme “Norway, powered by nature.” The pavilion will be made of wood and bamboo with 15 model trees. The trees will be arranged in groups giving a solid interpretation of Norway’s varied landscapes. The Norwegian government hopes to keep the “15 trees” in China after the Expo as a “symbol of the friendly relations between the two countries.”

The pavilion aims to present an impression that Norway is a livable place, Norwegians’ harmonious relationship with nature, their reverence for nature and how nature has provoked Norway’s inspiration. Norway hopes to dedicate each tree to different cities in China.

norway pavilion night

Rugged coastline, enchanting fjords and amazing glaciers, Norway boasts a storm of spectacular scenery. Cities in Norway are close to nature, which are surrounded by sea, mountains or forests. A visit to the pavilion is a fun journey through coastline, forests, mountains, fjords and Arctic region. If you are longing for an unforgettable and dreamlike journey around the country’s breath-taking landscape, the Norwegian Pavilion is the right place for you to go.

Pavilion Highlights

Highlight 1: Eco-friendly Design

The model trees are covered by a semi-transparent roof and when the sun shines through the roof, it will create the effect of shade or blue skies. The roof is also able to collect solar energy to make the entire pavilion self-sufficient.

outside norway pavilion

Highlight 2: Northern Lights Show

When dark envelops, dreamlike and fantastic northern lights shows will be staged on the roof of the pavilion via projection, and visitors will be able to enjoy special concerts against the backdrop of lights from the Arctic circle.

norway pavilion inside

Highlight 3: Amazing Journey

Large screens describe how Norwegians use solar, wind and wave energy in the Coastline section. People can watch movies in the Forest section, which will introduce the natural scenery and daily lives of Norwegians, as well as outline its scientific research. The nation’s fishing industry is introduced in the Fjord section. And in the North Pole section, visitors can learn the importance of these wastelands to global climate change. Then, visitors can walk onto a terrace to view the pavilion’s scenery.

inside norway pavilion

Highlight 4: Authentic Norwegian Delicacies

At a Norwegian restaurant, visitors will be able to try authentic salmon, reindeer and lamb meats as well as Akvavit, a flavored spirit that is produced in Scandinavia and typically contains 40 percent alcohol. The restaurant will mainly provide the freshest sea food transported from Norway.

norway pavilion

Learn some Mandarin

圣诞老人 shèng dàn lǎo rén Santa Claus n.
斯堪的纳维亚 sī kān dí nà wéi yà Scandinavia n.
酒精 jiǔ jīng Alcohol n.
冰壶 bīng hú Kirnu n.
临时性建筑 līn shí xìng jiàn zhù temporary building n.

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