The 2010 World Expo in Shanghai is set to kick off in May and construction is nearly completed on the water-harvesting wood-clad Canada Pavilion. The famous acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil had a part in the design of the pavilion and will also be performing throughout the Expo. Many interesting pavilions have been designed for the expo around the theme of “Better Life, Better City” and Canada’s contribution includes a great set of sustainable design elements to compliment that.

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The Canadian Government and Cirque du Soleil have partnered to provide a cultural pavilion that will host shows by Cirque du Soleil as well as other public performances and cultural programs throughout the duration of the Expo. The 6,000 square meter pavilion features an inner courtyard as well as an exhibition named ‘The Living City: Inclusive, Sustainable, Creative.’

Designed by Cirqud du Soleil and built by Canadian firm, SNC-Lavalin Inc, the Canada Pavilion is one of the largest pavilions of the Expo. The exterior of the pavilion is clad in wood slats and features a special collection system to harvest rainwater, which will then be used inside the building. Inside the courtyard, the walls will be covered with a special kind of greenery. Prime Minister of Canada says of the Pavilion, “It will present Canada as the modern, democratic, bilingual, diversified and environmentally responsive country that it is. A country with successful, sustainable cities that are innovative, creative and prosperous places.”

Via Designboom