Stone Setting Ceremony for Israel Pavilion in Shanghai World Expo 2010

The stone setting ceremony for Israel pavilion in Shanghai World Expo 2010 was held in the morning of April 29, 2009. Participants of the stone setting ceremony included Mr. Zhang Yunjie, Assistant Director General of Expo Bureau, Ms. Yaffa Ben-Ari, Deputy Commissioner General of Israel for Expo, Mr. Jackie Eldan, Consul General of Israel in Shanghai, Mr. Issac Shalev, Director of Israel Pavilion, and Mr. Haim Dotan, designer and architect of Israel Pavilion. A Jewish Rabbi prayed during the ceremony, traditional Hebrew songs “A song for the ascents” and “Golden Jerusalem” was played by a guitar artist on the scene. The day was also the 61st Independence Day of Israel.   

The national pavilion of Israel will feature an exhibition themed “Innovation for Better Life.” It is an innovative and architectural futuristic structure symbolizing breakthrough and technology. The pavilion is composed of two architectural curvilinear forms which hug each other like two hands. The two dynamic forms symbolize Israeli innovation and technology.

The 1,200-square-meter pavilion consists of three experiential realms: Whispering Garden, Hall of Light and Hall of Innovations. The Hall of Innovation is covered in natural stone, symbolizing the connection to earth, history and recycling of natural materials. The Hall of light is covered with transparent PVC/glass, symbolizing technology, transparency, lightness and the future.

The Whispering Garden serves as a pleasant green orchard where visitors wait before entering the building. Walking on a covered path between whispering trees, the visitors are protected from the heat of sun and the rain and may rest on available benches.

In the hall of Lightness, millions of Chinese visitors strolling on the adjacent pedestrian bridge outside the Israeli pavilion view displays of technological innovations projected on the 15-meter high wall inside the glass space of the pavilion during day and night.

And in the Hall of Innovation which is the climax of the Israeli pavilion, visitors will enjoy an audio-visual show of light balls floating in the dynamic space projecting on a 360-degree display of the new worlds of Israeli innovations and technological breakthroughs in all fields. It presents the Innovations for Better Life message as the future connection between the Chinese nation and Israel.

The impressive design for Israeli pavilion has been nicknamed as “Sea Shell” (in Chinese “Hai Bei Ke”) which goes along with the mascot of the Shanghai Expo – Haibao, and Shanghai as a coastal city.