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Germany presents Expo pavilions to host city

THE Hamburg Pavilion of the World Expo Shanghai will remain in Shanghai as the German city has presented the building to the Shanghai government, the pavilion's director said today.

"Hamburg hoped the building could become a part of Shanghai and continue to open to the public," Lars Anke, director of the pavilion at the Urban Best Practices Area in Puxi, told a press conference.

He said the 570-square-meter building, the only "passive building" in China capable of creating a perfect indoor climate without air conditioning, will be incorporated into the post-Expo development of the site.

While many foreign participants are busy packing up, the Germans will take away only a few items because most of their pavilions, exhibits and building materials will be left in the city.

The voice-activated ball, a star attraction at the Germany Pavilion, will be uninstalled and the pieces will have different uses in Shanghai, according to Urte Fechter, director of the pavilion.

The metal ball, one ton in weight and three meters in diameter, is covered with 30,000 LEDs that displayed changing images in a five-minute video show. The display could respond to the movement and sound of spectators.

Fechter said the LEDs could be reassembled into a large screen and other mechanical parts could be used for other purposes.

The pavilion's steel structure will be given to local construction companies. The water-proof membrane covering the pavilion would be recycled in Germany, Fechter said.


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