Last year, Clive Grout, the Canadian architect commissioned to design the USA pavilion for Expo 2010, spoke to a US trade journal devoted to theme parks, about his design:
“The building is designed here the way we’d do it if it was in downtown Philadelphia or in Los Angeles,” he explains. “It’s a model for high-density, low-rise development in our cities. We have a very prominent site and it is the USA Pavilion. People will find it. We have not felt the need to do an architectural handstand to get attention.”
$61 million later, this is the result – as of yesterday (click to enlarge):
To put this design in perspective, I encourage readers to click over to William Bostwick’s “Exporting Architecture: the Rise and Fall of US World Expo pavilions” over at Fast Company. For those who’d like to better understand how the US settled on its 2010 design, you might click over to my recent Foreign Policy piece, A Sorry Spectacle. After the jump, images of several Expo 2010 pavilions within a ten minute walk of the USA pavilion (each of which cost less than $61 million, by the way).
All images taken yesterday (click to enlarge).
For additional Expo pavilion photos (many of which perform handstands), see Pascal Deseure’s terrific gallery at Picassa (GFW’d).
[Personal note: With a little luck, this should pretty much wrap up this blog's coverage of the USA pavilion debacle. I'm tired of that building, and the people who built it. That noted, I reserve the right to go all Brett Favre-like and come back better than ever if the right offer comes my way. Such as access to the pavilion's budget and books which, despite requests, remain secret. Get to it, fellow reporters and bloggers. As of March 29 - NEVER MIND. I'm back on the case ...]