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Germany Pavilion


Germany Pavilion

THEME: Balancity

PAVILION: The structure is wrapped in a silver membrane. A terraced landscape stretches from the ground level up to the third floor of the Pavilion. Four exhibition structures appear to hover, making a perfect roof for visitors. The Pavilion is meant to be a three-dimensional walk-through sculpture with no defined exterior or interior. Instead, the Expo Plaza and the surrounding landscape will simply flow into the Pavilion. The architecture will give the exhibition a shell, facilitating it and allowing it to develop. The design takes its lead from classical “promenade d’architecture,” guiding visitors through the exhibit. They will move along a pre-determined route, sometimes on bridges, sometimes on escalators and moving walkways through various rooms and atmospheres that alternate and create the impression of a long promenade.

Germany Pavilion

EXHIBIT: The theme demonstrates the importance of balance between modernization and preservation, innovation and tradition, community and the individual, work and leisure and between globalization and national identity. Visitors will gradually explore places typical of a city. Visitors enter the Pavilion through a welcoming terraced landscape. Oversized postcards, from virtual guides Jens and Yan-Yan, are dotted along the way, depicting landscapes and famous structures in Germany’s federal states. Following this “Federal States Parcours” visitors reach the city inside, passing interactive exhibits which offer glimpses of life in Germany. The postcards serve as backdrops for guests’ photographs of their trip to the German Pavilion. The path begins to slope as we enter the second section, Urban Periphery, taking the visitor onto a ramp. The aerial shots of Germany set into the floor depict special and typical urban structures in Germany. From them interactive pillars protrude, providing views of and insights on German life as seen through a magnifying glass. In groups of 20 people, visitors are let into the next section of the exhibit, the Tunnel. Through a tunnel of pulsing lights, visitors step onto a moving walkway. As they proceed through the tunnel, visitors are greeted by multimedia displays that immediately place them in a typical urban environment with all its sights and sounds; trains, cars, busses, loudspeaker announcements and every now and then, birds chirping, children laughing and rowboats splashing through the water. The other end of the tunnel opens up into a deep blue underwater space with sounds of water, bubbles and reflections which signifies the next portion of the exhibit, Harbor. The visitors ride an escalator to break through the surface of the water and enter an impressive futuristic cityscape: Hamburg’s harbor in the daylight with blue sky, seagulls screeching and people. The skyline unfolds into a new, larger space – the Planning Office. Oversized plans, models, sketches and city maps are everywhere, projecting from the walls and floor, giving the impression of having been blown in the wind. The plans and sketches evolve and start to take shape. At the end of the room, visions can be seen: new ways of living together in the city and ideas on how people from various age groups, social strata and ethnic backgrounds can live together in balance and harmony.

Germany Pavilion

Visitors then pass through a Garden, a luminescent sea of flowers exuding energy, vitality and joy. An orchestration of images, sounds and three-dimensional objects give a real feel of the importance of private green spaces and moments of relaxation in the midst of the modern, pulsating metropolis. As well as a flight of stairs and moving walkway, there’s a giant slide for children to access the next room which is the Depot. A large, shimmering red room welcomes visitors on the next leg of their journey. Shelf-like structures lined up to the ceiling are filled up with well-known inventions and design products, everyday and unusual things which also make an aesthetic contribution to living in the city.

Germany Pavilion

The next stop is The Factory, an area that is always in motion. Even the visitors are automatically carried on a moving walkway. Conveyor belts move above their heads, crossing the room at various heights. They transport objects illustrating products, innovations and methods relating to the Expo theme. Visitors can glean more detailed information about how these objects work and how they’re made at interactive scanner stations. Another section of The Factory houses state-of-the-art materials that visitors can explore with all their senses. In stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the factory, the Park exudes a tranquil, light and happy mood with a daylight atmosphere, wind, the scent of flowers and chirping birds.

Germany Pavilion

Viewing bells are suspended from above, showing 360 degree panoramic images that immerse visitors into the green public spaces to be found in German cities. The journey now leads visitors Behind the Scenes into a theater fly loft, a backstage area full of life. Different cabinets display project activities from the German arts and cultural projects and illustrate their importance for life in the city.

Germany Pavilion

At the entrance to the next area, the Opera, the visitors pass through a stage curtain only to be met by applause. They suddenly realize they are standing in the middle of a stage, complete with orchestra pit and a small tribune. They become part of the set in a modern opera. Once the visitors leave the Opera, an open expanse appears in front of them. They are in the center of the Pavilion that stretches out over several levels and acts as a waiting room while visitors wait to be admitted into the final portion and centerpiece of the exhibit, the Energy Source. The show can be experienced by 600 people at a time. Visitors enter a cone-shaped room with dramatic choreographed lighting. A sphere three meters in diameter and fitted with thousands of LEDs waits in the center of the room. Pictures, colors and shapes appear on the sphere as it is set in motion. The actions and sounds of the audience determine the speed and direction of the sphere which as it swings further, becomes more intensive in color and display.

Germany Pavilion

CUISINE: The Pavilion hosts a restaurant on the ground floor, providing a taste of German cuisine from Bavaria’s Schweinshaxe to the Rhineland’s Sauerbraten right through to the fish dishes from Frisia for approximately 450 guests at a time. German wine and beer will also be available. Visitors enter the restaurant through a projected optical illusion of trees and landscaping.

SHOPPING: The Pavilion shop will carry a variety of German goods as well as Pavilion souvenirs.

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