UNStudio Completes Flower-Shaped Pavilion for Horticultural Exhibit

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Aerial view of the pavilion. (Courtesy UNStudio)

Aerial view of the pavilion. (Courtesy UNStudio)

UNStudio has completed a sprawling, flower-like campus for the 2014 Horticulture Exhibit in Qingdao, China. The Theme Pavilion consists of four metallic structures that stretch out over 300,000-square-feet and resemble a Chinese rose from above. And at the human scale, the metallic, undulating structures interact with their mountainous surroundings.

The Pavilion. (Courtesy UNStudio)

The Pavilion. (Courtesy UNStudio)

The Pavilion includes a media center, conference and performance space, and an exhibition hall that collectively anchor the Horticultural Exhibit, which runs through October. “The architecture of the Theme Pavilion further responds to the dominant skyline of the mountains surrounding the Masterplan by means of carefully composed roofscapes on the individual buildings,” explained UNStudio in a statement. “These roofs are envisioned as elevated landscaped plateaus, each addressing a different portion of the Masterplan with its inclination and terracing, providing panoramic views which extend far into the surrounding landscape.”

After the exhibition wraps up in the fall, the space will transition into a hotel, conference center, and public space.

The Pavilion. (Courtesy UNStudio)

The Pavilion. (Courtesy UNStudio)

The Pavilion. (Courtesy UNStudio)

The Pavilion. (Courtesy UNStudio)

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