National Pavilions Compete to Stay Permanent after Expo
( 2010-05-06 )

Only five pavilions can become permanent after the Shanghai 2010 World Expo among the 42 temporary national pavilions, Expo organizers said.

Hong Hao, director of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, said some pavilions featuring design, materials and environmental protection can stay in place. 

The Crystal Palace and Eiffel Tower were once temporary buildings for world fairs, but were kept following positive reception.

Many countries are now competing to get their architecture recognized. 

Luxembourg Pavilion was built with recyclable materials to be a "natural air conditioner" with iron rust growing on the outside walls and tall pointed dome. The outside walls and floors are made of special fir from Luxembourg. A double structure keeps air running, creating a thermos-like effect. Jeannot Krecke, minister of Luxembour's Economy and Foreign Trade, said if the pavilion were not selected, he hopes it will be taken back to Luxemburg to be rebuilt.

Saudi Arabia Pavilion, the second-largest pavilion after China, is a huge hanging boat shaped like a half-moon. Boasting the world's largest IMAX screen, it has become one of the most popular pavilions. 

"Shanghai World Expo is a good way for the world people to understand Saudi Arabia," said Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. "I hope the pavilion can stay permanently in Shanghai to witness the friendship between the two countries."

France is also seeking a permanent spot. Earlier this year, French ex-Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said France hoped its pavilion can stay after the Expo as a cultural exhibition center to display artworks. China has responded to this request but not given the final reply.


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