The Israel Pavilion - Innovation for a better life

Padiglione di Israele alla World Expo 2010 Shanghai Shanghai / China / 2010

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Dialog for Innovation

Israel participation in World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China, was initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel. It is dedicated to exposing Israel and its cultural and technological capabilities to the Chinese people. The goal is to emphasize the common lines between the two nations, to arise curiosity about modern Israel and encourage economic, scientific, cultural and tourist cooperation between Israel and China. The project was designed by architect Haim Dotan and designer Amir Prosper.

Innovations for better life:
The principal message of World Expo 2010 is innovations for better life. Israel is a modern country, and like China rooted in ancient heritage. It is a country with a dynamic society incorporating cultural values with continuous innovation. This message is expressed through the pavilion's form, its audio-visual and exhibition contents and its use of modern construction technologies.

The Israeli Pavilion:
The national Israeli Pavilion for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai is an innovative and architectural futuristic structure symbolizing breakthrough and technology. The 24 meters height, 1200 square meter pavilion is built on a 2000 square meter site. Flowing in form while expressing movement and dynamics, the pavilion continuously transforms as the light changes during the day and night.

The pavilion is composed of two architectural curvilinear forms which hug each other like two hands or two shells. The two dynamic forms symbolize a quiet conversation between man and earth, man and man, nation and nation. They represent the dialog between man and nature, past and future, temporality and eternity, earth and sky, substance and virtual. Within the two forms are two uplifting architectural spaces, symbolizing the spirituality of the ancient Jewish nation.

The project consists of three experiential realms: Whispering Garden, Hall of Light and Hall of Innovations.

Whispering Garden:
Located between a plaza and the Israel Pavilion, the Whispering Garden symbolizes the dialog between man and nature. An inviting garden, it serves as a pleasant green orchard where 300 Chinese visitors wait in queue before entering the building. Walking on a covered path between whispering trees, the visitors are protected from the heat of sun and the rain and may rest on available benches. Here the visitors enjoy an introduction to Israeli agriculture while experiencing a quiet dialog with the trees.

Hall of Light:
Entering the pavilion, visitors are uplifted by a dynamic, high architectural space symbolizing the dialog between man and man. Enclosed in clear glass, the space is illuminated by natural daylight and is an expression of future, optimism and breakthrough. While walking along a curved wall, the visitors experience an exhibition of Jewish historical innovations from Biblical times forward such as the Tabernacles the Bible, Jerusalem and Einstein.

During the day and night, millions of Chinese visitors strolling on the adjacent pedestrian bridge outside the Israeli pavilion view displays of technological innovations projected on the 15-meter high wall inside the glass space of the pavilion. Thus a dialog is created between the outside and the inside, enticing the public. Located within the curved pavilion wall are a VIP and employee lobby, stairs, an elevator to the upper floor, changing rooms, and storage and mechanical rooms. On the upper floor are management and secretariat offices, an employee dining room and a VIP lounge for cultural and business gatherings.

Hall of Innovations:
A lofty space of 20 meters in height, accommodating 300 visitors, the Hall of Innovations is the climax of the Israel pavilion. It creates an uplifting feeling of amazement and excitement for the visitors. First, interactive light balls in front of the spectators transmit messages from Israeli children and adults in Hebrew and Chinese to the Chinese spectators.

Then, an audio-visual show of light balls floating in the dynamic space projecting on a 360-degree display, new worlds of Israeli innovations and technological breakthroughs in the fields of Archeology, Agriculture and Irrigation, Botany and Food, Medicine, Solar and Green Energy, Sciences, Music, Literature and many fields of Hi-Tech, and Communications and Security. Israel is exhibited as a global center for Research and Development. The climax of the experience presents the Innovations for Better Life message as the future connection between the Chinese nation and Israel, with Israel a strategic partner in confronting challenges and developing a better future for the Chinese people. Filled with optimism and excitement, the visitors exit into the quiet garden outside and then return to the Expo. During the evening and night, the Israel Pavilion is softly illuminated and displays of Israeli places of interest, such as Jerusalem, are projected on the stone wall.

Movement
Visitors pass through the entrance to the garden where they are aggregated into a group of up to 300 people. From the garden, the visitor group enters the Hall of Light and the Jewish Heritage exhibition and then passes to the main hall, the Hall of Innovations. There, the spectators enjoy the audio-visual experience for 10 minutes before leaving the hall through the exit doors. Expected capacity is 1200 people per hour in the main hall, in 4 groups of 300 visitors each, totaling approximately 2,000,000 visitors during the Expo.

Technology and Materials
The structure of the Israel Pavilion is of structural steel pipes prefabricated in Shanghai and quickly assembled on site. After the close of Expo 2010, the steel structure will be disassembled for use in another location. The foundation and the floors are made of reinforced concrete. The pavilion consists of two primary parts. The Hall of Innovation is covered in natural stone, symbolizing the connection to earth and the recycling of natural materials. The Hall of Light is covered with glass, symbolizing technology, transparency, lightness and the future.

Haim Dotan Ltd. Israel Pavilion Team
Project Design: Architect Haim Dotan - Designer Prosper Amir
Architecture: Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects & Urban Designers with SEEDRI Shanghai Electronic Engineering Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd.
Architects Haim Dotan, Adi Ayalon, Hagit Levi-Zur, Avi Arbel, Sylvia Rasman
Project Management: Eng. Steven (Shlomo) Cohen, CPM Building Management Ltd.
Exhibition & Multi Media Management: Zehavit Narkiss, Narkiss Exhibition & Conference Organizer.
Exhibition & Interior Design: EXPRODESIGN, with Barzilai Design; Prosper Amir, Merav Barzilai, Francesco Oliva, Assaf Binyamin
Production & Multi Media: Moshe Yeyni, CEO, DISKIN PRO Ltd., Project Manager: Eran Oren
Director& Art Manager: Jacky Bachar Production Ltd.
Creative Development Script writing & Research: Galia Yoeli
Structural Engineering: Yaron-Shimoni-Shacham Consulting Engineers Ltd., Dani Shacham, Youri Ogoul, Dimitry Sorokin, Yaniv Hershkowitz
Mechanical Engineering: Meir Lousqui Engineers Ltd.
Electrical Engineering: Karel Valent Ltd., Eng. Yevgeni Spivak
Lighting: Micha Margalit
Tele Comunication: Engineer Haim Ziv
Safety & Fire Risk Management: Daniel Levin Consultants Ltd.
Aluminum & Glass: PCO Ltd., Eng.Yoram Maron
Elevator: V.I.S Engineering Ltd.

Israel Pavilion Construction Management: SHANGHAI CENTURY 3 CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Ltd.
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    Dialog for InnovationIsrael participation in World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China, was initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel. It is dedicated to exposing Israel and its cultural and technological capabilities to the Chinese people. The goal is to emphasize the common lines between the two nations, to arise curiosity about modern Israel and encourage economic, scientific, cultural and tourist cooperation between Israel and China. The project was designed by architect Haim...

    Project details
    • Year 2010
    • Work finished in 2010
    • Client Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Pavilions
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