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Designer peeks inside the Expo Center

FU Haicong is the chief designer of the Expo Center. He is also deputy chief designer of the East China Architectural Design and Research Institute. He shares some of his thoughts and experiences today.

To a lot of people, the Expo Center, unlike other pavilions or showcases, is a unique structure unfamiliar to them.

Although the center will be preserved after the event, it is off-limits to the public now.

In general it's a place to hold diplomatic activities, international forums and meetings or press conferences now and in future. It's also a match of architecture and science.

The building does not have a complex outlook. The simple edges-and-corner outlines show its grandness, the perfect reflection of its functions.

The seven-story building, plus a level underground, has five halls for different uses. The main hall can be turned into a stage for performances and concerts.

The other four main halls are used for roundtable conferences, banquets and performances.

Above all, it is a green building.

The 150,000-square-meter building is made of steel, which makes it solid and recyclable. We tend to use the structure itself, like natural ventilation, to save energy. The hollow-glass windows can shield some of the sunlight.

In one hall, 2000 square meters of LED lights were installed as functional lighting.

The building can recycle river and rain water and on its rooftop there is a solar power system. It can save 2,160 tons of coal every year, equaling the amount needed to provide electricity for 10,000 Shanghai families for 12 months.

A variety of plants were used to decorate a seven-story-high wall.

Seven companies or institutes, from both home and abroad, bid for the project three years ago.

The competition was tough. But at last my team won - mostly due to our green design concept.

I recommend every visitor check out the Urban Best Practices Area, where one can enjoy not only the architecture but also the historic and cultural part of the structures.


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