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Hamburg Expo building to stay

THE Hamburg Pavilion is to remain in Shanghai after the German city presented the building to the Shanghai government, the pavilion's director said on Wednesday.

"Hamburg hoped the building could become a part of Shanghai and will continue to open to the public," Lars Anke, director of the pavilion, said during a press conference?yesterday.

He said the 570-square-meter building, the only one 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 have found uses in the city.

A voice-activated ball, the star attraction at the Germany Pavilion, will be removed from the Expo site and the pieces will be put to °?different uses around Shanghai, said Urte Fechter, the director of the German pavilion.

The metal ball, 1 ton in weight and 3 meters in °?diameter, is covered with 30,000 LEDs that °?displayed changing images in a five-°?minute video show.

The display responds to the movement and sound of?spectators.

Fechter said the LEDs could be reassembled into a large screen which could be used to show movies and videos.


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