Circular buildings are an unusual site and the Danish Pavilion by architect group Bjarke Ingels Grouparchtec (BIG), as part of the Shanghai Expo 2010, is no exception. The architects created the pavilion as a means of fostering interaction between visitors and some of Copenhagen’s most famed attractions – the city bath, the harbour bike, the nature playground and an ecological picnic.
“With the pavilion we relaunch the bike in Shangahi, as a symbol of modern lifestyle and sustainable urban development,” say the architects.
Visitors are able to use any of the 1500 bikes available within the pavilion, for general use in the pavilion itself and around the greater expo.
The harbour bath, which visitors can swim in, is actually filled with Copenhagen seawater. Adding to the attraction is the Little Mermaid who was plucked from her home in Copenhagen’s harbour. But Copenhagen residents need not mourn the temporary loss of their mermaid. In her absence, three prominent Chinese artists (one per month) will be providing a sculptural interpretation of the mermaid.
And when the Shaghai Expo draws to a close at the end of October, the pavilion can be moved and relocated.