'Fluid' the floating expo center - coming to a port near you?
By Jeff Salton
November 9, 2009
A futuristic adaptable living building called “Fluid – Amphibian Pavilion” has been proposed by architects Peddle Thorp as an exhibition center for the World Expo 2012 to be held in Yeosu, Korea. Apart from its unique design, the building has a low impact on the environment because, when the Expo finishes, this floating exhibition space can be “unhooked” and sailed away to its next location.
The architects, based in Melbourne, Australia, have taken to heart the Expo’s theme “The Living Ocean and Coast” for this eye-catching creation, albeit a concept. Designer Antoine Damery has incorporated sustainability and conservation throughout the structure. The open interior has enough flexibility to accommodate all types of events and uses, now and in the future – which also adds greatly to the building’s financial viability.
Damery says his design takes its contours from fluid dynamics and oceanic organisms, and shows the previously static building model to be outdated.
If built, this pavilion could be bobbing on seas in ports around the world for years to come.
Peddle Thorp hopes “Fluid” will promote dialogue and encourage collaboration between Asia Pacific countries about the importance of the preservation of oceans and ecosytem.