Where the River Runs, a 1,500 square-meter (4,921 square-foot) pavilion by the Beijing– and Vienna–based firm Penda Architecture and Design, is currently under construction for the 10th International Garden Expo in Wuhan, China. The expo will span over 200 acres and expects more than 12 million visitors.
Walking through the river-like pavilion, visitors see the different landscapes a river forms—ranging from cliffs, caves, and canyons, to expansive grasslands. Although the installation is not significant in terms of sustainability, it strives to educate visitors on the pressing issue.
Wuhan lies at the intersection of the Yangtze and Han rivers, and has historically brought goods from around the world to China. Penda therefore centered their design upon Wuhan’s historical relationship with the rivers. The Penda team said, “But, the rivers didn’t just bring wealth to the city, it also brought a rich flora and fauna to the people.”
The canyons’ walls are filled with poems and quotes that pertain to rivers. And visitors are given seeds to plant at the canyons’ edge. This memorial-like procession is intended to influence visitors to treat rivers with respect.
The pavilion will contain underground tanks to collect rainwater for plants during the festival.
Where the River Runs won 2nd place in the international competition and is currently under construction on plot 1590 of the 10th International Garden Expo in Wuhan, China.
For further information visit Penda’s project page here.