From the Series
The Danish Expo Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo takes the best of living in Copenhagen and places it in China for visitors to experience.
The pavilion is designed by architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), as a traffic loop on which visitors ride around on one of the 300 bicycles available at the entrance. This way visitors can experience the Danish urban lifestyle of biking everywhere. At the centre of the pavilion there’s a big pool with fresh water from Copenhagen’s harbour in which visitors can swim. At the centre of the pool there’s even the Little Mermaid, a well-know Danish symbol.
The pavilion’s theme "Welfairytales" (welfare and fairytales) re‐launches the bicycle in Shanghai as a symbol of lifestyle and sustainable urban development. When the Expo closes, the pavilion can be moved to another site in Shanghai and could function as a transfer point for Shanghai’s new city bikes.