International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


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Bridge Pavilion

Bridge Pavilion at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe lemaire

The Bridge Pavilion is probably the architectural star of the Expo. With its flower-like shape, a gladiolus with three stems anchored to the enclosure, is one of the three gateways to the exhibition. Anyone entering or leaving the Expo, on seeing the most emblematic work, designed by the Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, will leave with the clear idea that water must be managed as a limited and precious asset. The projection of images and data is so overwhelming along the viaduct, that it is impossible not to raise awareness of the problem as you walk across it. Designed an exhibition that tries in equal parts to surprise and to make visitors aware.
A bombardment of new technologies helps to show thousands of people (about 1,300 per hour) how to get out of the crises that will occur in the year 2025 if water consumption and administration continue to be managed as they are now. The itinerary begins outside the halls of the bridge, in three large crystal, wood and metal cubes installed in the Expo entrance square.
In a small corner of the floating pavilion, the most didactic part is installed on the second floor, in a very dramatic setting, surrounded by high-definition screens that create a sense of urgency about the water situation.
Through the exhibition it is possible to learn about the history of people who have easy access to water and those who do not. In order to do this, information from more than 200 countries was synthesised and contact was made with more than one hundred governments. The pavilion is raised obliquely on the path of the river Ebro, very close to the bridge of the Third Millennium, in the Ronda del Rabal.
Its envelope is inspired in the scales of a shark that produce a natural microclimate inside. One of the technical characteristics of this work of engineering design is located in the anchoring of the infrastructure. In Spain there is no other building whose central pillars reach such a depth as the Bridge pavilion: 74 metres deep. It is, without doubt, the great masterpiece of the Expo.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008