The aim of the finnish pavilion's sculptural architecture at expo 2010 in Shanghai is to create visions of freedom, creativity and innovation for the future. The pavilion, called Kirnu and meaning "Giant's kettle", rises from the water as an island-like miniature city. A bridge leads visitors over the water into the pavilion, the heart of which consists of the miniature city's centre and a forum for events, "Kirnu", where ideas can meet and mix.
The architecture of the pavilion draws its inspiration in Finnish nature. Elements of nature are reinterpreted in the pavilion, including the shape of small rocks found on coastal islands, the surface of a fish, reflection on water, framed view of the sky and smell of tar on wood. Like nature, the pavilion offers a quiet refuge from busy city life for anyone who wishes to enter.
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Finnish Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010. Concept of the architects of JKMM, Helsinki