Randy Treadway

Expo 2000 fairgrounds

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Here's a 2006 walk through of the fairgrounds in Hannover. It looks like things are remarkably preserved after six years, but mostly abandoned.

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But little by little, one building at a time, they're going.

In 2008 it was the Hungary Pavilion's turn.

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Interesting pix, Randy. Appears there was no real post-Expo land use plan in place here, either.

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Interesting pix, Randy. Appears there was no real post-Expo land use plan in place here, either.

I think maybe that was partly to do the re-use of so many buildings that already existed - so there was little construction of commodity buildings. Except for the German pavilion which is still there.

I read on-line fairly recently that the Christian pavilion had been transplanted - will try to find a photo of it in its new location....

And when I was at this expo I heard that the Chinese pavilion (half of if is pictured part way down this page: http://www.peoplefor...d.php?tid=17286 ) was to stay and becaome a centre for Chinese medicine. I don't know whether that happened - but at least a part pla

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If memory serves me, the China Pavilion was extremely temporary in nature; basically a metal framework with fabric stretched over it so I would be surprised if it is still on the Expo site. I know the Mexico Pavilion was to be moved to a university in Germany to be used as a library but I'm not sure if this actually happened.

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If memory serves me, the China Pavilion was extremely temporary in nature; basically a metal framework with fabric stretched over it so I would be surprised if it is still on the Expo site. I know the Mexico Pavilion was to be moved to a university in Germany to be used as a library but I'm not sure if this actually happened.

  • Sorry for not picking up on your reply (I forgot to flag the topic) - yes pictures look very flimsy, I have dug out what made me think it would stay: "Following the close of the World Exposition, a centre for Chinese medicine will occupy two levels of the building" From Architektur Expo 200 Hannover by Hatje Cantz

But - you're right it does look flimsy! And yes probably over-optimistic :-(

  • The same book also mention the proposed destination of the Mexico pavilion as a German university library. But adds the college: Braunschweig. And yes (according to Wikipedia which has a picture it's there: http://en.wikipedia....te_Braunschweig :-) ). Thank you - I love adding to my list of places to visit to see ex-pavilions (and my partner hates it!)

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I shot film of the EXPO 2000 Fairgrounds back in 2008. There are quite a few buidings that are well preserved. The French Pavilion is now a BMW dealership. The Chech Pavilion is a design agency that specializes in personal care marketing. There was also an audio production company in one of the buildings. The Netherlands Pavilion and Spanish Pavilion both seem to have seen better days. The spookiest was Vietnam. They basically shut the doors and left all of the displays inside. You can look through the windows and see the tattered, dust covered banners and other cultural artifacts.

The model for the 2000 Hannover expo is very similar to what I believe the Italians are doing for EXPO 2015. In both cases the EXPO's international pavilion site is connected to a large, existing exhibition grounds via a bridge. The international pavilion area is rather small. The Germans have done perhaps the best of any EXPO when it comes to reuse of the structures. I hope that the Italians follow this model.

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The French Pavilion is now a BMW dealership. The Chech Pavilion is a design agency that specializes in personal care marketing.

The French pavilion was quite boxy from the outside, so I expected that (and the smaller UK next door) to be able to survive. The Czech pavilion was nice wasn't it? A box but with struts framing it

There was also an audio production company in one of the buildings. The Netherlands Pavilion and Spanish Pavilion both seem to have seen better days. The spookiest was Vietnam. They basically shut the doors and left all of the displays inside. You can look through the windows and see the tattered, dust covered banners and other cultural artifacts.

I'm finding it hard to remember Vietnam. I think it was close to Cambodia (which inspired me to visit there later), and Laos. Did it serve food?

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I couldn't remember a standalone Vietnam pavilion either so I checked the Expo 2000 Guidebook. Vietnam was in Hall 26. Perhaps you are thinking of the Bhutan or Nepal pavilion, both which had standalone structures in the west section?

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I'll have to go back through my footage. I was fairly certain that it was in the East Section.

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The mystery deepens...I pulled some frame grabs from the footage that I shot at the EXPO site in 2008. I can't find a wide shot of the entire pavilion, but I am certain that this pavilion is between France and the Chech pavilion in the East section. Outside the front door you can just make out the word Vietnam on a sign. Inside the front door is a bicycle cab with the word Singapore on it. This leads me to believe that, for some reason, artifacts from a few Asian pavilions were moved here after the close of the EXPO.

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I went back through my still photographs and found these wide shots of the pavilion in question. This is the Poland Pavilion. I have no idea why it is now, or at least was in 2008, full of exhibit materials from Asian nations.

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Reading the sign on the side of the building it looks like someone may have tried to turn this pavilion into a conference or dining center with an Asian theme. It looks like that didn't work out.

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I believe that the mystery building is on the site of the Norwegian Pavilion at Expo 2000, which was suppose to have been moved back to Norway and turned in to a hotel. The building had a waterfall on the facade. If it is the same building, it has bee significantly altered. You can see it on the site in 2008 if you look at the fairgrounds on Google Maps. Can anyone confirm if it is indeed the Norwegian Pavilion?

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