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Theme Pavilion hits next step

CONSTRUCTION was completed on the World Expo 2010 Theme Pavilion yesterday, making it the first of the four pavilions along the site's central axis to be ready for interior design work.

The pavilion features "green walls," solar cells on the rooftop and what is being billed as the world's biggest "non-column space."

"We have always focused on ecology and environmental protection in the design and construction of the pavilion," said Dai Liu, president of the Expo Group in charge of construction.

Dai said the eastern and western exterior walls of the pavilion feature plants. The 5,000-square-meter green walls will be the largest ecological walls in the world.

"It will create a great view both during the day and at night under lights," Dai said.

The roof's solar energy system was also put into use yesterday. It is the world's largest rooftop with a solar energy system.

The system can generate 2.8 million kilowatt-hours per year - enough electricity for 2,500 Shanghai families for a year. The electricity generated can reduce carbon dioxide discharges by 2,800 tons.

The pavilion's 25,000-square-meter west exhibition hall has a north-south span of 188 meters - the biggest non-column space in the world.

Construction of the Theme Pavilion was completed in 688 days.

Design groups from China, the Netherlands and Germany will begin the interior work soon.

Officials said the pavilion will start test operations on January 1.

The Theme Pavilion allows the host country to provide an explanation of the event's major theme. Shanghai Expo has chosen the theme "Better City, Better Life."

Covering an area of 11.5 hectares, the pavilion will have exhibitions about the relationship between humans and cities and the entire planet.

The pavilion will include five sub-pavilions - "Urban Dwellers," "Urban Beings," "Urban Planets," "Urban Footprints" and "Urban Dreams." The sub-pavilions will also be used to explain the "Better City, Better Life" theme.

Officials said the Theme Pavilion will turn into a world-class exhibition space after the Expo.


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