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UBPA Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, China

Issue 56 August / September 2010 : Architecture : Pavilion

ARCHITECT: Mario Occhiuto LiGHTING DESIGN: Francesca Storaro PICS: HZCAD Shanghai / Charlie Xia

Designed by Mario Occhiuto Architetture with lighting design by Francesca Storaro, the Urban Best Practices Area (UBPA) is a thematic pavilion in which cities propose their solutions to modern urban issues.

The pavilion is surrounded by a fretwork façade which allows natural light into the building during the day. At night, iGuzzini Linealuce strips placed inside the fretwork along the base of the façade, turns the whole structure into glowing light sculpture. Inspired by Michelangelo’s Sacrestia Nuova in Florence’s San Lorenzo Church, Storaro’s scheme cycles through four different colours - sky blue, yellow, orange and blue - each one representing a different part of the day: dawn, noon, twilight and night. The sequence, controlled by an iGuzzini Master Pro system, ends by turning pure white, representing pure illumination.

The main entrance to the pavilion is below an angular overhang. ERCO Lightcast downlights illuminate the way with the help of iGuzzini iRoll fixtures.


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