China pavilion at Expo 2010

China Pavilion
中国国家馆
Expo 2010 China Pavilion (Nighttime) 2.jpg
Alternative namesOriental Crown
General information
Architectural styleTraditional dougong style
AddressWorld Expo Park, Shangnan Road, Pudong New District
Town or cityShanghai
CountryChina
Current tenantsBureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination
Construction started18 December 2007
CompletedNovember 2010
Inaugurated8 February 2010
Height
Roof139.8 m × 139.8 m (459 ft × 459 ft)[1]
Technical details
Structural systemColumns and crossbeams
Floor area2,553 sq.m. underground, 43,904 sq.m. above the ground (gross: 160,126 sq.m.)[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectHe Jingtang
Website
cp.expo2010.cn

The China pavilion at Expo 2010 (Chinese: 中国国家馆; pinyin: Zhōngguó guójiā guǎn) in Shanghai, China, colloquially known as the Oriental Crown (Chinese: 东方之冠; pinyin: Dōngfāng zhī Guān), was the largest national pavilion at the Shanghai Expo and the largest display in the history of the World Expo.[2][3] It was also the most expensive pavilion at the Shanghai Expo costing an estimated US$220 million.[4] The pavilion showcased China’s civilisation and modern achievements by combining traditional and modern elements in its architecture, landscaping and exhibits. After the end of the Expo 2010, the building was converted to a museum. On October 1, 2012, it was reopened as the China Art Museum, the largest art museum in Asia.[5]

Location

The building was located halfway along the Expo Axis on its eastern side in Zone A of the Expo Park. The pavilion lay directly to the east of the Theme pavilions and to the north of the Hong Kong and Macau pavilions.