Yeosu Expo 2012 thematic pavilionis located in Yeosu, Korea. Coming third place in the international competition for the Thematic Pavilion at Yeosu Expo 2012, Studio Nicoletti Associati’s design, emerges from Yeosu’s waters as a Great Blue Whale hurling itself out of the port to represent the Expo’s theme: The Living Ocean and Coast.
The metaphorical form of Studio Nicoletti’s Thematic Pavilion attempts to draw attention to the fundamental influence of the planet’s oceans and coasts resources, and how dangerous it is for such a fragile ecosystem, to ignore them. While the architects felt the iconic and symbolic design holds the message that Yeosu Expo 2012 wants to transmit to the world – Oceans are the origin of life on Earth, we have the responsibility to protect them – it was concluded by the jury that, ‘its shape is by now quite familiar, with many precedents around the world’.
The winning project, One Ocean, was presented by soma-architects with SPACE GROUP’s Sangleem Lee presenting OCEAN ARCH to claim second prize. One Ocean, described as an ‘imaginative and well developed idea’, will now be constructed at the heart of the Expo site in time for its commencement in 2012 and will act to promote quality architecture in Korea.