So we knew that the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion was rad - it's made from recycled cd cases, but we didn't know how rad until the designers of the project sent us the first pictures of the completed pavilion. The entire facade of the building is covered in an LED array that can be changed on a whim, but -- and here's where it gets cool -- the lighting scheme is determined by people interacting inside the building. Computers aren't controlling the lighting, people are with their actions, like waving their arms and clapping their hands!
As visitors enter the building they first come into the queue where they learn that their actions can have effects on the lights of the building. By clapping their hands and waving their arms, their collective response makes the LED lights change. Visitors then go through a series of interactive exhibits describing the city of Shanghai, and finally they come to the “Dream Cube Control Room”, where an interactive surprise awaits them and will hopefully give them reason to think.
US firm ESI Design and architect Yung Ho Chang collaborated on the entire interactive design. On top of the use of recycled materials and LED lights, the Pavilion features a solar thermal tube screen on the roof, which can collect solar energy to produce hot water up to more than 200° F. The roof also collects rainwater, then filters and stores it for daily use in the Pavilion as well as for use in the misters. After the Expo, the building materials will be recycled again for other applications.
Photo credits: Basil Childers via ESI Design Flickr