A Spain and China-based architectural firm AQSO Arquitectos, in collaboration with Ydesign, has designed the proposal for the thematic pavilion of the 2012 Yeosu International Exposition. The project aims to capture the dynamic and translucent qualities of fluids, by translating them into the architectural details of the pavilion.

The pavilion will have different levels for each sections of the building: exhibition areas are 12m high, whereas adjoining spaces are 8m high. Ring corridors accessible from ramps and stairs are located at a mid-height of the main exhibition areas, located 6m above the floor, offering a 360 degree-view of the ocean on one side and a view of the main exhibition on the other.

With its layout of interconnected circles, the building represents molecular structure of water. Each component responds to a specific programmatic requirement with three main lines connecting the pavilion with the rest of the facilities on the mainland. The volumes are wrapped with a versatile skin system that reacts to tidal and wave motions of the ocean. It can move upwards as well as downwards, depending on the water level, creating a dynamic atmosphere of periodical movement.  The inner louvers of the façade are fixed onto the glass, whereas the outer louvers float on water, becoming a unique element which moves and changes with no energy consumption. The layering of the two osmotic systems gives an image of a breathing building.

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