Chinese rose inspires horticulture show pavilion


Pavilions inspired by a Chinese rose have been created by Dutch firm UNStudio as the centrepiece for a horticultural show in Qingdao, China

They have been designed as the main centres for the Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition 2014, which is being held in Baiguo Mountain Park.

The buildings include an exhibition hall, a performance space, a media centre and a conference suite and all  feature a curving body designed to imitate the forms the surrounding mountains, while their combined layout is modelled on the petals of the Chinese Rose – Qingdao’s city flower.


“The architecture for the Theme Pavilion overflows and interacts with the surrounding landscape,” explained studio principal Ben van Berkel.

“The forms of the pavilion buildings respond to the nearby mountains, with their carefully composed rooftops acting as plateaus, each addressing a different portion of the masterplan by different inclination and terracing, and providing panoramic views which extend far into the surrounding landscape.”

Van Berkel said “flowering out” designs in architecture attract the senses.

He added: “It alludes to the notion that that a building can open itself up and encourage public interaction.”

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