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Unfolding Playful Design | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Unfolding Playful Design

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FOR THE POLISH EXPO 2010 EXPOSITION PAVILION

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FOR THE POLISH EXPO 2010 EXPOSITION PAVILION

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FOR THE POLISH EXPO 2010 EXPOSITION PAVILION

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FOR THE POLISH EXPO 2010 EXPOSITION PAVILION

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FOR THE POLISH EXPO 2010 EXPOSITION PAVILION

When I first saw the conceptual design for the Polish Expo 2010 for Shanghai’s World Expo via BLDBLG I smiled at the pattern that created the building. Through further investigation on the building’s web site there was an aspect to the concept that I just loved. In theory the whole thing could be a cut out which is shown in the first image. Each of the shapes merge with each other on one sheet. Inside that there’s a pattern that is overlaid to create some great shapes. The playfulness is taken one step further with the idea that you could walk on the building to the top. Who didn’t want to climb on the roofs of buildings when they were younger and didn’t know any better. Each of those elements together make it a great building that I hope is built.

Paper model: DESIGN FOR THE POLISH EXPO 2010 EXPOSITION PAVILION

I ended up printing the first jpg and cut the pattern out – above is the model put together…

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  • http://thealamobasement.com thealamobasement.com

    Beautiful, and intriguing. Love the design.

  • http://architectradure.blogspot.com/ cati

    Beautiful. I will now print the pattern and build the model too!