This, which even if it doesn’t actually get built is fabulous, eccentric, envelope-pushing lunacy. A glass and steel cube the size of an aircraft hangar with walls filled with aquaria as part of the Shanghai World Expo 2012. Awesome. I hope in the future my tax money goes on more things like this and less on wars we can’t win and didn’t need to start.
‘The 2010 Shanghai World Expo hasn’t even begun yet but we’re already starting to see designs roll in for the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, Korea! MVRDV just released plans for their own mesmerizing Water Cube pavilion, an H2O-filled structure designed to express the power and beauty of the oceans. The Water Cube’s structure is composed of water filled basins, which act as both a temperature buffer as well as the main attraction. A bit like being inside an aquarium, the hollow inner sanctum will be lit with water-filtered light, and will be used as an exhibition center during the Expo.’
From notcot.org, in my opinion the definitive design inspiration blog.