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Denmark Pavilion, Shanghai

5 A radical design in both architecture and lighting. The iconic double-looped shape, a spiralling exhibition space, biking lanes, a pool of water with the famous Little Mermaid, and a beautiful dynamic illumination of both inner spaces and outer façades. During nighttime the façade displayed a vibrant, but stylish show of patterns and animations that made the building come to life.

4 The Denmark Pavilion for Expo 2010 in Shanghai was designed by the young and successful Danish company Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and in addition to an iconic double-looped shape, it featured a media façade with 3600 pixels along the spiralling outer surface. The pixels were produced by a pattern of holes, which were fitted with diffusing tubes in different sizes. Each tube had a multi-color LED fixture and was controlled by a custom media playback system. This system was also tied in with a series of light and temperature sensors around the building, thereby controlling both light intensity and color temperature.

2 3 Credits: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – Architecture
BIG, CAVI / DUL (Aarhus University) and TEKNE Produktion, Rune Nielsen – Project Team
ARUP / Tongji Design Institute – Structural Engineering
Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority – Project Owner

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