Photography from Shanghai Expo 2010

The U.K.’s Seed Cathedral and other magnificently constructed pavilions are sure to make you take notice.

Sep 2, 2010
  • The Seed Cathedral is the U.K.’s contribution to the Expo, designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick. It is constructed of 60,000-plus acrylic rods. Each contains seeds from China’s Kunming Institute of Botany at its tip. The hope is to raise awareness for the Millennium Seed Bank Project, whose mission is to conserve at least 25% of the world’s plant species by 2020.
  • The Russian Pavilion has been created with a children’s book series in mind. The Adventures of DUNNO and His Friends, by Nikolay Nosov, inspired the design that resembles a fairyland city, with 12 uniquely shaped structures and a central building that connects them. Giant strawberries, flowers and trees set the stage for the fairy-tale world set within.
  • The eco-friendly Brazil Pavilion features a green covering of interlaced recyclable wood material. Within its theme, "Pulsing Cities: Feel the Life of Brazilian Cities,” the pavilion presents visitors an interactive football game, an "Urban Scenes Room" that features 2014 World Cup host city images, and a “Brazilian Happiness Room” that features a 180-degree imagery of football, volleyball, sports fans, carnivals and festivals.
  • African wood carvings decorate the exterior of the Angola Pavilion. Additional sculptures and paintings reveal the country’s ties with its water and sustainability projects. Inside, it features the African aboriginal lifestyle and a human-size rotating totem entirely composed of leaves.
  • Not a pavilion at all, but the roof of a public picnic area. There are numerous public eating and rest areas throughout Expo.
  • This Theme Pavilion houses three of five themes: Urbanian, City Being and Urban Planet. (The other two themes, Footprint and Future, are separate pavilions). The inspiration for the building’s design? Folding paper. Numerous events and ceremonies have been held here.
  • This structure is the Netherlands Pavilion, dubbed “Happy Street.” The street, amid 26 small houses, is constructed on stilts, resembling a roller coaster. The houses are intended to celebrate Dutch innovation in the use of space, energy and water.
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The Seed Cathedral is the U.K.’s contribution to the Expo, designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick. It is constructed of 60,000-plus acrylic rods. Each contains seeds from China’s Kunming Institute of Botany at its tip. The hope is to raise awareness for the Millennium Seed Bank Project, whose mission is to conserve at least 25% of the world’s plant species by 2020.
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The Russian Pavilion has been created with a children’s book series in mind. The Adventures of DUNNO and His Friends, by Nikolay Nosov, inspired the design that resembles a fairyland city, with 12 uniquely shaped structures and a central building that connects them. Giant strawberries, flowers and trees set the stage for the fairy-tale world set within.
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The eco-friendly Brazil Pavilion features a green covering of interlaced recyclable wood material. Within its theme, "Pulsing Cities: Feel the Life of Brazilian Cities,” the pavilion presents visitors an interactive football game, an "Urban Scenes Room" that features 2014 World Cup host city images, and a “Brazilian Happiness Room” that features a 180-degree imagery of football, volleyball, sports fans, carnivals and festivals.
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African wood carvings decorate the exterior of the Angola Pavilion. Additional sculptures and paintings reveal the country’s ties with its water and sustainability projects. Inside, it features the African aboriginal lifestyle and a human-size rotating totem entirely composed of leaves.
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Not a pavilion at all, but the roof of a public picnic area. There are numerous public eating and rest areas throughout Expo.
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This Theme Pavilion houses three of five themes: Urbanian, City Being and Urban Planet. (The other two themes, Footprint and Future, are separate pavilions). The inspiration for the building’s design? Folding paper. Numerous events and ceremonies have been held here.
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This structure is the Netherlands Pavilion, dubbed “Happy Street.” The street, amid 26 small houses, is constructed on stilts, resembling a roller coaster. The houses are intended to celebrate Dutch innovation in the use of space, energy and water.

As many as 70 million people are expected to attend Expo 2010 Shanghai China before it closes October 31. If you’re attending, Four Seasons can help you make the most of your Expo visit and Shanghai stay. If you can’t make it this year, the images here provide a glimpse of what you’re missing. You can also watch an Expo video from a Four Seasons family.


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