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Netherlands Pavilion

Netherlands Pavilion

THEME: Happy Street

PAVILION: The Pavilion is constructed in the shape of a figure eight, a lucky number in Chinese culture. It is mainly comprised of a pedestrian street 400 meters long that curves in the aforementioned figure eight with 26 small houses lining the street. Each of the 26 houses represents a mini-Pavilion with its own exhibit. Built completely on stilts, the Pavilion resembles a suspended roller coaster. There is no single entrance in the Pavilion; instead, there are many, allowing visitors to enter and exit from whichever point they like.

Netherlands Pavilion

EXHIBIT: Each house is like a life-size diorama, allowing visitors to discover new dimensions of the Netherlands. Throughout Happy Street, mini-windmills – powerful fans utilizing the technology of the famous Dutch windmills – will help cool down visitors in the heat and humidity of Shanghai. Some of the most eye-catching houses and objects include Green Interior, a house dedicated to famous Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, showing an interior filled with some of his most famous pieces of furniture made from recycled materials. Home Farming, presented by Philips, showcases a small home farm to grow part of a family’s daily nourishment indoors. The home farm produces lettuce, cucumbers, home and fish by using water, organic waste and sunlight. The Herschel Telescope represents the most extensive space project the Netherlands has been involved in and demonstrates the importance of space exploration to the future of the Netherlands. In Purification Plant, a Norit water treatment installation purifies drinking water which is then served in a playful manner from Tokheim Fuel Pumps. Machine for Small Lithography displays the smallest computer chip in the world, made with a machine manufactured by a Dutch company. Smart Textiles explains a new fabric for firefighting outfits that warns firemen with an alarm when the temperature in their immediate surroundings is approaching a level that is not survivable. In the Smart Eyes Pavilion, a gigantic teddy bear has taken up residence, one that interacts with children through sophisticated voice recognition software.

Netherlands Pavilion

The clock cabinet is an art installation that utilizes clocks in a cabinet as a metaphor for time and serves as an example of the creativity of the Dutch art community. There are many such art instillations on Happy Street, such as the Liquor Master human liquor cabinet and the amazing Floating Rock sculpture that appears to defy gravity. Another exhibit shows off porcelain “floral pyramids,” used to display tulips in an ostentatious way during the Tulip frenzy of the 17th century. The designs were based on Chinese vases and the taller the vase, the wealthier the family that owned them according to the wisdom of the time. The Kursk Salvage Chain, a river reclamation project, is the subject of another exhibit.

Netherlands Pavilion

Street organs, colorful mobile entertainment units, are displayed in another exhibit; they have been part of Dutch street culture for centuries and have paved the way for more modern street DJs. An exhibit on the iconic Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh highlights artifacts recently discovered in one of the places in which he lived, including a tin of paint in which some hair follicles from the master painter were discovered. The wedding tiara of Princess Maxima of the Netherlands is displayed in another house. A square disposable electric car, an ultrafast solar powered vehicle called Nuna as well as a wind turbine car is also on display on Happy Street. The Rietveld Schroder house, an example of modernist design, is on display at Expo. A greenhouse on the ground floor shows off some of Holland’s famous tulips.

Netherlands Pavilion

CUISINE: A free-standing small house in the shape of an engineering boat sits on one side of the Pavilion. This is the public restaurant, inspired by the landscape of Holland with a part of the land below sea level. Here visitors can dine on the unique and inviting cuisine of the Netherlands.

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed for the Pavilion.


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