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2010-11-10
Finnish pavilion wins best design award

The striking looks of the Finnish pavilion proved popular both with visitors and the BIE jury, which voted it the best design in its category at the event. Photo courtesy of Finpro.

The Finnish pavilion at the Shanghai World EXPO 2010 received a Golden Statue for the Best Pavilion Design in Category B from the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) at the end of October – beating 21 other pavilions in the same category

The BIE awards were based on how well pavilions contributed to the EXPO theme of ‘Better City, Better Life’, in terms of their external design, internal exhibition displays, and theme development.

Taking its inspiration from nature and known as the Giant’s Kettle, the Finnish pavilion was designed by Helsinki-based JKMM Architects and included a number of innovative features, including UPM ProFi composite shingles on its exterior walls and a structure engineered using the latest 3D/4D BIM software from Tekla.

By the time the EXPO closed its doors, just over 5.3 million people had visited the Finnish pavilion, more than Finland’s entire population. This was twice the number of visitors at previous EXPOs where Finland has been present. Average daily visitor numbers totalled around 30,000. In all, just over 70 million people visited the Shanghai EXPO.

Over 80 partners organised around 300 events at the pavilion, which provided a showcase for a wide range of information about Finland and what the country has to offer, particularly in areas such as clean-tech.

Copies of HighTech Finland in Chinese and English were available for everyone to take away and learn more after their visit.