World Expos are not necessarily suspected to be a particularly sustainable event.

The way the specially built national pavilions were handled in the past (whether in Hanover, Zaragoza or Milan) meant that a meaningful subsequent use was lacking. Entire areas lying fallow with “ruins of use” bear witness to this.

With the former German Pavilion at the Horticultural Expo 2019 in Beijing, however, Kontrapunkt is now taking a different approach.

With the Sino-German Ecopark – a special economic zone for German-Chinese cooperation – we were able to find a buyer for the building and the exhibition installed in it. After rebuilding in the coastal city of Qingdao, the pavilion will serve as a visitor centre for the 11.6 km2 area and will further promote German-Chinese collaboration as a meeting place.

After careful dismantling, all building materials have been transported overland from Beijing to Qingdao, where they are waiting for their second use.

As part of the reconstruction, the pavilion will be upgraded from a temporary to a permanent building in passive house standard.

The exhibition area has returned to Germany for preparation and reworking and will travel back to Qingdao in May 2020. Thematically, the focus of EXPO 2019 will remain the same – learning from German developments in the garden and landscaping scene. More than during the EXPO period, best-practice models from both countries will be the focus here, and nature itself will also be brought to the fore as a “source of ideas”.

“We are now planning the opening at the end of August. Here too, the schedule has been delayed somewhat by the corona crisis. Our Chinese partners are now back at full strength,” reports Jessica Neumann as project manager.