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Pavilions of European countries V

2010-04-21 15:15:23 GMT2010-04-21 23:15:23 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Pavilions of European countries: Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Ukraine

Finland Pavilion

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Theme: Well-being, Competence and Environment

National Pavilion Day: May 27

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo site

Pavilion Features

The Finland Pavilion "Kirnu" is surrounded by a lake, appearing to float on the water. It has the slogan "Sharing Inspiration," where ideas can meet and mix. The design draws inspiration from Finnish nature. Elements reinterpreted in the pavilion include the shape of small rocks found on coastal islands, the surface of a fish, reflection on water, framed view of the sky and smell of tar on wood.

France Pavilion

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Theme: The Sensual City

National Pavilion Day: June 21

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo site

Pavilion Features

The "Sensual City" itself is impressive with a large, classical roof garden and a pond. The walls of the square-shaped structure, which is made from a special concrete, are covered in plants and it looks like a white floating palace. Gardens are the centerpiece of the pavilion.

Germany Pavilion

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Theme: Balancity

National Pavilion Day: May 19

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site

Pavilion Features

It is the epitome of a city, boasting the creation of a "harbor image" and a "dynamic tunnel" with urban scenes from Germany. This is the "Balancity," a magnificent crystallization of Germanic originality and technology. The structure is wrapped in silver membrane. A terraced landscape stretches from the ground level up to the third floor of the pavilion. Four exhibition structures appear to hover, creating a perfect roof for visitors.

Ireland Pavilion

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Theme: "Urban Space and the Evolution of Urban Life Style"

National Pavilion Day: June 17

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site

Pavilion Features

The architecture of the translucent lantern-like Ireland Pavilion at Expo 2010 is intended to symbolize the relationship between urban and rural, manmade and natural. The exhibition inside sets the creativity of the Irish, their ancient history, vibrant modern culture, educational traditions and technical innovation into the context of a small, but surprisingly varied and beautiful, island. Visitors will be surprised to discover a cultural continuity that goes back to the Stone Age, whilst enjoying a whole range of contemporary audiovisuals, exhibits, displays, readings, music and performances.

Italy Pavilion

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Theme: City of Man

National Pavilion Day: June 2

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site

Pavilion Features

The design of the Italy Pavilion is inspired by the children's game "pick-up sticks," which is known as "Shanghai" in Italy. The rectangular pavilion has been laced with intersecting lines - representing pick-up sticks. It comprises 20 functional modules of different shapes, bounded by the "sticks." They represent Italy's 20 regions. The modules can be assembled into smaller structures.

Ukraine Pavilion

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Theme: Building on the Past, Shaping Our Future

National Pavilion Day: August 24

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site

Pavilion Features

Decorations of red, black and white on the wall of the pavilion may look like eight trigrams but actually are symbols originating from ancient cultures of local tribes. Whirlpools with snake patterns in the middle signify the passing of time and change of climates; dog patterns symbolize driving away evil forces; the sun is a symbol for endless power. Exhibitions in the pavilion follow the theme of "From Ancient to Modern City" and display the development of Ukraine from its agricultural time to the modern culture and architectures of the future.

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