“Rabbit Pavilion” set to impress visitors of 2010 Shanghai World Expo

Friday, August 1, 2008
Issue 422, Page 4
Word count: 493
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The “jade rabbit” entry which won the design competition of the Macau Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo will be able to showcase Macau in “a soft but impressive way”, said the head of the Macau organising cabinet yesterday.

The Macau Preparation Office for the Shanghai World Expo gave a press conference at the Government Information Bureau where the winning designer, Carlos Marreiros, presented a closer look of the Macau Pavilion’s interior and exterior designs.

Director of the Macau Preparation Office, Ieong Pou Yee, said the construction of the transparent pavilion is expected to be due in September 2009 at the latest in order to give enough time for the team to work on entertainment programs and other production before the Expo opens in May 1, 2010.

According to Mr Marreiros, the estimated construction cost of the pavilion is 32 million patacas, excluding the multimedia devices and the solar energy system which will be the major characteristics of the design.

Although all the 31 design entries were of “very high quality”, Ms Ieong said Mr Marreiros’ idea of building the Macau Pavilion in the shape of a rabbit was chosen because of its “visibility and practical contents” in relation to the specific context of the Expo.

She added that as 213 pavilions, which mostly focus on advanced technologies, have so far been confirmed to be built on the Expo venue of 5.28 square kilometres at the core of the city, Macau should try to “stand out itself” by adopting a combined strategy of family entertainment and science.

As introduced by Mr Marreiros, the Macau Pavilion will be a complete transparent case with a total gross floor area of nearly 1,300 square metres.

A hair-spring ramp stretching from the ground to the top will be built inside the architecture, embracing “the heart of the rabbit” which is a 38-seat video room simulating live situations.

The exterior of the top half of the pavilion will be made of solar panels, the designer said, adding the “rabbit” will be topped by a movable head and tail.

The solar panels will also enable the use of clean energy without generators which Mr Marreiros said can reduce significantly the emissions of carbon and other harmful greenhouse gaze.

In addition, after the Expo concludes on October 31, 2010, the structure is able to be dismantled and be re-used partially or completely.

As rabbit is one of the most popular mascots in Chinese legends which highlights the country’s tradition and culture, Mr Marreiros said the Macau Pavilion “does harmonise and echo the style of the China National Pavilion as both are inspired by a traditional Chinese element and then re-invented in a contemporary way”.

In Chinese mythology, jade rabbit is a guard at Nantianmen, the door leading to the fairy land.

The Macau Pavilion will be situated next to the main square of the Expo and sided by the 20-metre tall, rectangular shaped pavilions of Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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