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The "Theme Pavilion"at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea was designed by Austrian architecture firm Soma to be as low-tech as possible and utilize ideas inspired by the natural world.
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Breathing through 'gills'


The kinetic façade is used to shade the exhibits inside and provide a means of ventilation. Up to 80% of the building's energy comes from renewable sources, including roof-top solar panels.
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An experiment in low-tech


Built on reclaimed land, the architects were not sure their ideas for the pavilion could be realized on a large scale. They beat off star architects like Zaha Hadid to be a central part of the Expo 2012 with its theme of "the living coast and ocean."
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Potential plans



"It's a pilot project, the biomimetic technology really has a lot of potential," says Kristina Schinegger of Soma. "We're trying to have advanced contemporary architecture there, so it's not just the biomimetic façade."
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Carbon-neutral Korean Pavilion

The Korean Pavilion uses hydrogen fuel cells, geo-thermal energy and solar to be the Expo's only self-contained, carbon neutral building. It is designed to look like the Korean yin and yang "Taegeuk" symbol of balance. It cost around $19 million to build.
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Gaia theory


Architects of the Korea Pavilion said that the building was designed to be a self-regulating system, like the Gaia principle that suggests the Earth is a single complex system based on integrated organisms.
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'Big-O' at the Expo


Korean architecture firm Samoo also designed 10 of the Expo's main buildings in Yeosu. The "Big-O" (left) is part of the nightly entertainment display.
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