Expo 2010: Pavilions – Australia & New Zealand (Zone B)

The Australia Pavilion


The Australia pavilion centrally located in Zone B, the Southeast Asia and Oceania section of the expo site, and a short walk from the Chinese national and theme pavilions, Australia’s national pavilion will stand 20 metres tall and will be built on a 4,800 square metre site.

Australia will showcase its practice of keeping a balance between urban construction and the natural environment at World Expo 2010 to illustrate its theme “ImagiNation

Design features

The pavilion’s bold sculptural form was designed by leading Australian architectural firm Wood Marsh in conjunction with creative design firm Think!OTS. The striking shape and colours of the pavilion acknowledge Australia’s ancient landscape while demonstrating the sophistication of modern urban design in Australia.

The exterior of the Australian pavilion is made of special weathering steel, produced in Australia by BlueScope Steel, which is integral to the pavilion’s design. From its installation in August 2009 to the opening of the expo in May 2010, the self-sealing and highly durable steel façade will develop an increasingly deep, red-ochre colour, evocative of the Australian outback.

The innovative design exemplifies Australia’s approach to smart manufacturing, design and environmental sustainability, reinforcing Australia’s response to the ‘Better City, Better Life’ expo theme.

The pavilion’s clever internal design is capable of accommodating 40,000 people per day, taking visitors through three distinct public areas.


‘Journey’, the first act, will allow visitors to experience the history and identity of Australia. It will journey beyond the familiar, stereotypical images of Australia, through Indigenous history and Australian history since European settlement. These exhibits will also showcase multicultural Australia and our cities.

‘ Discover’, is a spectacular, technically advanced audio-visual show where visitors will learn about dynamic and modern Australian cities – which consistently rank in independent surveys as some of the most liveable in the world. During the show – which will run in a cutting-edge theatre-in-the-round, accommodating up to 1,000 people – visitors will discover that Australia is a land of imagination and innovation and is helping lead the way with smart solutions for our urban future.

‘Enjoy’, will provide visitors with high quality retail shopping opportunities and excellent Australian food and wine. The area is also home to the dedicated performance space where a resident group of performers and a program of visiting artists will showcase the diversity of Australia’s world-class arts and culture on a daily basis.


kookaburras_mascot_australiaThe cheeky and bold nature of kookaburras, and their famous, distinctive laugh, makes them popular the world over and an ideal mascot for the Australian pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The unique laugh suggests a fun and happy nature, and their striking appearance provides a hint of the blue landscape of their homeland.

Chen Yue’s winning entry – “Peng Peng” – was chosen by the Chinese public from a field of 2,800 original entries.
Chen’s winning name “Peng Peng” refers to a majestic bird in ancient Chinese mythology, a natural fit with Australia’s own majestic bird, the kookaburra. The name also alludes to the Mandarin word for friendship, representative of the strong relationship between Australia and China.

The New Zealand Pavilion

new zealand_pavilion

The pavilion will be located in Zone B, one of the prime sites at the expo, close to the host country’s pavilion and alongside the enormous theme pavilion. It will be adjacent to the main walkway and will be seen by virtually every visitor to the expo.


The expo theme, “Better City, Better Life”, highlights the new thinking, new technologies and new practices for achieving healthy and sustainable urban living. Aligned with these concepts, the New Zealand Pavilion will follow the theme, “Cities of Nature, Living between Land and Sky”.

The aim of the pavilion is to present a welcoming vision of a nation that is striving to bring its cities into a sustainable balance with nature; a country in which natural beauty, the inspiration that it brings, and the lifestyles that it permits, can exist alongside and contribute to a modern and innovative first world economy.

In its form and content the pavilion takes inspiration from the Maori creation story in which the god Tane separated his parents, the Sky and the Earth, to create space both for the natural world and for human beings.

new zealand_pavilion 2

Design features

The winning tender for the design and build of the New Zealand Pavilion was submitted by a consortium comprised of international project management company Coffey Projects, architects Warren and Mahoney, visitor experience specialists Story Inc, quantity surveyors Rider Levett Bucknall leading garden designer Kim Jarrett, and technical integration company Toulouse Ltd, with engineers Beca joining the team.

The distinctive wedge-shaped pavilion will have a projected capacity of 40,000 visitors per day. It will cover approximately 75 percent of a 2000- square-metre corner site.

The “Kapa Haka” groups, indigenous New Zealand Maori dancing groups, will perform daily in the pavilion.

Kapa Haka performance

The Pavilion will comprise four visitor experience areas, described below.

Welcome space

The front entrance to the pavilion is a welcoming veranda, a lofty canopy supported by a forest of pillars interspersed with shorter pillars, many of them interactive, providing shelter for visitors watching cultural performances and queuing for entry to the interior.

Cities of Nature experience

Inside the wedge, visitors will walk along a winding ramp that gradually rises up, taking them through a “day in the life” of a New Zealand family in a composite New Zealand city in a natural setting: from the mountains to the sea, past farmlands and bush and back towards the mountains, through a beach house, a school classroom and an office building.

The journey will ask the question “what is a ‘better life’?” and give some possible answers in a series of sequences that look at different aspects of our “cities of nature”. Each sequence will consist of audio-visual projections, graphics, lighting and set elements.

new zealand_pavilion_3Garden and wild places walk

Visitors will exit the Cities of Nature experience near the top of the wedge, and will then walk back down towards the veranda area through a garden planted with New Zealand trees and flowers, and making use of sculptural elements, audio and lighting.

VIP experience

An elegant mezzanine hospitality area located on the east side of the pavilion will be capable of hosting up to 40 guests for formal dining, or 80 for cocktail functions. It will also include a separate meeting / dining room for up to 12 people.


澳大利亚  ào dà lì yà  Australia

新西兰  xīn xī lán  New Zealand

吉祥物   jí xiáng wù  mascot

笑翠鸟  xiào cuì niǎo  kookaburra

耐候钢   nài hòu gāng Weathering steel

视听秀shì  tīng xiù   Audio-visual show

毛利人  máo lì rén   Maori (New Zealand indigenous people)

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