philippine pavilion 2010

Conceptual design for the Philippine National Pavilion for the Shanghai 2010 International Exposition. Based on “abaca” or Manila Hemp as primary material, exterior and interior forms use modular woven abaca panels impregnated with resin. Outside, sail-like forms evocative of the seafaring traditions of the Philippines serve as shading devices by day and open at night to become light beacons and/or as screens for multi-media presentations. Other spaces include screening rooms, exhibition areas, a ramping public plaza, and a restaurant (2006).