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Foster's redesigned Shanghai Expo pavilion starts on site

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Work has started on Foster + Partners’ pavilion for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the 2010 Shanghai Expo

The 3,000m² exhibition space – apparently inspired by sand dunes – has changed significantly from the practice’s original competition-winning proposal (pictured bottom right).

Instead of an ‘ancient’ octagonal pavilion featuring a semi-transparent filigree screen, the latest curved designs boast a ‘stainless-steel skin, treated to appear golden, [which] encloses the jewel-like shell.’

According to Foster + Partners, the ‘complex’ 20m-tall pavilion will have a ‘triangulated lattice of flat… panels’ and will be entered through a glazed lip at the building’s base.

The 450-capacity pavilion will be one of the biggest at the international exposition in China – albeit smaller than the 6,000m² building initially conceived.

Meanwhile, work has also started on site on the UK’s Expo 2010 Pavilion designed by Thomas Heatherwick.

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