On 19 May 2010, at about 9pm, I visited Waterhouse Shanghai, I have a great time there. Seeing a conservation cum retrofitting work done in China, the design is very cool. The justaposition of new and old in the space. The reminiscent of old walls with new works. The use of mirror with timber for the window at the courtyard. The food. I pray that by the grace of God I can do works of such sort, and that the design inspired will be better than that, grace grace.
Canada Pavilion, I like the façade treatment, the use of facets of timber planks in triangular panels. However this design is very similar to a few other pavilions except for the use of materials. I particularly like the multi-media on the box like structures, the effect and its liveliness. There is also a very cute animation which is tied to the cycling machine. The animation is done in the former fashion of old cartoon rather than the 3D animation that is now so popular everywhere. We ended the pavilion entering into a short film, the sound and impact is very impactful here.
UK pavilion, this being the one pavilion that we particularly wanted to see, was the first we visited. When we reached, there was already quite a queue. Hairy looking thing, and it looks the same from almost every angle. It is the Seed Cathedral. I like it. I love the inside as well, the symbolism, the message behind is very strong and yet simple, no fanfare but plan simple message done in the most impressible way. With variety of seeds embedded inside the acrylic like tubes, and light from outside illuminating the seeds. The walk in into the pod and out of it was quite fun too, with installations and green planting. The fun part is on the undulating landform outside, where one can laze around to view the Seed. Unfortunately, we do not have the luxury of time to do so… as we need to rush off to see more. (This is where I lost my cool, and shouted at a group of Chinese tourists who overtook our queue by climbing in front. The police was not present yet, otherwise I would have informed the police. This is barbaric behavior from the locals, they still have a long way to go.)