The Netherlands’ Big Orange Expo Pavilion Is All Green

Space age and yet oddly organic,  the “My Green World”  Dutch National Pavilion is a study in complementary contradictions. The project took just six months from concept to completion, thanks to roboticly precut wood pieces, and resembles nothing so much as the egg of some fantastically large bird. Designed by 2D3D and commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the structure is destined for the Floriade 2012 World Horticulture Expo in Venlo, the Netherlands.

My Green World (which comes to us via eVolo) is composed of units manufactured off site, then assembled into a self-supporting wooden sphere that stands around 50 feet (15 meters) tall, 115 feet (35.2 meters) long, and 47 feet (14.4 meters) wide.  The sustainably harvested timber strand beams and stained plywood “skin” are studded through with large windows that correspond to a fascinating geometrical pattern within the structure. An elevated bridge leads into the building; the floor of the building is separately supported.

My Green World Dutch National Pavilion

image via eVolo/2D3D

The building is set to the solar south, even illuminating interior spaces throughout the day via its many windows. At night, energy efficient LED lighting takes over.

The My Green World National Pavilion at the Floriade 2012 was conceived of as “an inspiring voyage of discovery” through four different worlds: My Green Lab, My Green City, Green My Life and My Green Gate, providing good green fun (and facts) for expo visitors. Located in the Education & Innovation section of the expo, the structure was designed to offer the visitor a vision of the future in the form of a germ, or seed. Visitors play with the elements and rules governing the forces of growth through interactive exhibits, exploring the discoveries of Dutch scientists and entrepreneurs in the realms of food and flower bulbs, water use, space and logistics and new energy sources.

My Green World

image via 2D3D

The My Green World National Pavilion — which took a Red Dot this year in the Communication category — will be turned into offices after the expo concludes.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.