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Australian Expo Pavilion

Australian Expo Pavilion by Wood / Marsh Architecture won the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture at the AIA's 2010 National Architecture Awards.

The Australian Pavilion at the 2010 World Exposition in Shanghai is a representational object and experiential showcase. National pavilions at contemporary international forums like this operate as both. The architectural expression of the building responds to the eccentricities of a symbolic and crowd-pleasing brief.

Inside the pavilion, visitors engage with exhibitions that speak of Australian life. The first impression of the building from the outside is that it looks very Australian. There is a striking resemblance to Uluru. It is like a great big piece of the Australian landscape transplanted in the fairgrounds. The more subtle material and formal associations are with the colours and shapes of the outback Australian landscape. This is most striking in the building’s silhouette against the sky. The curvaceous skin enfolding the bulging monolith is pierced and skewered by glazed circulation tubes. In this shape the weathered steel cladding exhibits a plasticity that defies its strength. This is a building that is about and from Australia.

– Jury citation

Products and materials

Walls
BlueScope Corten steel facade panel. Dulux paints. Fethers Veneer.
Roofing
Lysaght.
Paving
Midland Brick exterior pavers.
Windows
SvenskaKJ fabric.
Flooring
Style Flooring. Tascot carpets. Supertuft carpets.
Lighting
Lumenec internal LED lights.
Furniture
King Furniture. Temperature Design. Stylecraft.
Other
Artoz Rugs. Market Timbers. Cairns Marble.

Credits

Architect
Wood/Marsh Architecture
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Roger Wood, Randal Marsh, Antony Martin,
Exhibition designer
Think!OTS
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Consultants
Acoustic consultant Aurecon
Builder Lend Lease
Facade engineer Aurecon
Project manager Lend Lease
Site details
Location Shanghai,  China
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Culture / arts
Project Details
Status Built
Client
Client Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Source

Awarded Project

Published online: 1 Jul 2011
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2010
Images: Peter Bennetts

Issue

Architecture Australia, November 2010

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