Archdaily via Inhabitat
Bridgette at Inhabitat is dazzled by the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion by Atelier Feichang Jianzhu, being built for the Shanghai World Expo being held next year. Its exterior is made from recycled CD cases (no doubt those counterfeits we usually see pictures of bulldozers going over, plus all the BPA filled polycarbonate bottles they can't sell). Polycarbonates are thermoplastics that can be heated and reformed, and the architects suggest that when the show is over the whole thing can be melted down again.
At Archdaily, the architect describes another interesting feature:
The Shanghai Corporate Pavilion features a 1600m2 solar heat-collecting tube on the roof. These solar tube can collect solar energy to produce hot water up to 95°C. Ultra-low temperature power generation techology, a novel way to generate electricity through solar power. The power generated using this technology can be used for both the exposition and for every day.
Inhabitat calls this " similar to power generation from low-temperature geothermal reservoirs" but links to the Minewater project, which uses heat pumps to extract heat from warm groundwater, which is used for district heating; it does not create electricity. (TreeHugger on the Minewater project here)
Getting electricity out of low temperature water is not easy, but can be done; we have shown the Green Machine, based on the organic Rankine cycle, where a high molecular mass organic fluid is vaporized, runs a turbine and then condensed in a closed loop, creating no emissions. It runs on 96°C waste heat.
shaped as a series of free, flowing forms, will be no longer enclosed by walls of the static kind but a dense, cubic volume of infrastructural network, including LED lights and mist making system, which are capable of changing the appearance of the building from one moment to another as programmed through computer.
In this day and age it is hard to say good things about world expositions, and having people fly all over the world to look inside buildings with a lifespan measured in months to probably look at computer monitors. But from the Crystal Palace in 1856 on, they have often produced some interesting architectural ideas that last a lot longer than the fair. More in Inhabitat and Archdaily
Other Shanghai Proposals:
Floating City Proposed For Shanghai World Expo
Swiss Pavilion at Shanghai has Green Roof, Soybean Walls
Acrobats Design Canada Pavilion with Rainwater Harvesting, Green Walls