© Ignacio Gallego
The motto of the German pavilion is "Fields of Ideas". Germany reveals itself as a vibrant, fertile "landscape" full of ideas about the future of human nutrition.
The pavilion vividly illustrates the idea of treating nature and our food supply with respect, while inviting visitors to act themselves.
Formally, the architecture is reminiscent of a "supplanted landscape" within the pavilion premises that gradually rises to a height of 10 metres.
The German pavilion then applies the concept of stylized fields and meadows in great detail.
The use of different types of wood, with different grains and tones, creates a very distinctive design.
The central elements of the pavilion are the "solar", which is the integration of a membrane in the form of a plant sprout: the "idea seedlings" with the pioneering organic photovoltaic technology (OPV).
The idea seedlings connect indoor and outdoor spaces, a mixture of architecture and exhibition, and at the same time provide shade for visitors.
In contrast to conventional solar modules, the German pavilion architects had the opportunity not only to use existing technology, but to design the flexible OPV modules and integrate them into the overall pavilion design.
By integrating state-of-the-art organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology, the plants become solar trees. The German pavilion is the first major international architectural project to use these innovative new products. In contrast to a project using conventional solar modules, the German pavilion architects had the opportunity to do more than simply integrate existing technology. They were free to design the flexible OPV membrane modules to suit their own creative ideas, and to integrate them into the overall design of the pavilion.
Visitors can discover the "Fields of Ideas" along two different routes. They can either walk freely along the upper level of the pavilion, which invites them to relax, or they can explore the exhibition in the pavilion, which addresses topics such as the sources of nutrition, food production and consumption in the urban world.
The guided route takes visitors through the exhibition in the pavilion and covers the different contents and presents ideas and solutions connected to the Expo theme.
This route ends with the grand final Beatbox show in the German pavilion.
The free route, which is accessible to everyone independently of the pavilion visit, leads visitors to a wide ramp for the upper level landscape, inviting them to stroll and wander.
Here, visitors discover Germany as a dynamic place where people can relax and enjoy what life has to offer.
The German restaurant, with seating for 350 guests and a freely accessible open-air lounge area, is located in the southwest corner of the German pavilion.
From the restaurant, visitors have an unobstructed view of the event stage and the open-air cultural programme.
Right next door, the "German Piazza", is the central and lively place where people can meet and interact.