Macao Pavilion: A mix of cultures
The Macao Pavilion is under rapid construction and has taken an initial shape, according to the website for the Shanghai 2010 Expo. The seven-story pavilion sits under the China National Pavilion and is shaped like a "rabbit lantern."
Covering an area of 1,000 square meters, the main building of the pavilion is 19.99 meters high, symbolizing the return of Macao to Chinese Government rule in December 1999.
To save water, the whole pavilion is made of glass and steel materials that can be recycled after the end of the Expo. The pavilion's interior design showcases new and high technologies and an eco-friendly environment.
The roof and lower part of the pavilion are enveloped in transparent glass that insulates heat and reduces the noise level by 20 to 60 decibels. Visitors outside will be able to see interior displays through the glass.
The upper part of the pavilion is installed with a solar power supply system to provide all the electricity the pavilion needs. Solar panels will both generate power and provide shade from sunlight. They can be turned from 30 degrees to 45 degrees as the sun moves throughout the day, according to a Sept. 13 Alibaba.com report.