2010 Macau Pavillion is a Giant, Eco-Friendly Rabbit
The Macau pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo is a whimsical looking, high tech construction. Designed by Carlos Marreios architects, the building takes the form of a giant jade rabbit lantern (inspired by the lanterns popular in ancient China’s mid-autumn festival.) Large balloons make up the head and tail of the rabbit, which can be raised into the air to attract visitors. The exterior structure is made up of a glass membrane wrapped with fluorescent screens to project content and signage to attendees on the outside. Keeping with the “better city, better life” theme of the expo, the Macau pavilion will be constructed out of recycled materials and be well equipped with an array of solar panels and rain collection systems. The Shanghai Expo is aiming to be a grand gallery of human innovation, which explores sustainable futures and the full potentials of urban life in the 21st century.