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Projection test for the Names memorial, the room is still empty now. Our Colonial Inheritance

24.05.2022 at 15:17 by Wendy Snoek

Growing steel structures. Growth, what is that?

05.04.2022 at 14:00 by Lucandrea Baraldi


The ideal spot for the Herron. The Voice of Urban Nature

21.03.2022 at 10:33 by Herman Kossmann


Artist Celia Smith installing here birds warm sculpture. Groote Museum

23.02.2022 at 17:02 by Michel de Vaan

Slowly towards the opening on the 8th of February! Our Land

01.02.2022 at 17:34 by Remco Swart

Together with photographer Sander van den Bosch, we are measuring and photographing all floors of the palace. Visitors will soon be walking on 'invisible' carpets, in order to experience the original atmosphere of the rooms as fully as possible. Paleis Het Loo

26.01.2022 at 12:54 by Robin Schijfs


Carefully lifting a python snake skeleton. Groote Museum

24.01.2022 at 14:13 by Michel de Vaan

After all those days at home behind a screen, it is very nice to finally do some hands-on experimenting with projections and different layers of transparent fabrics... Nature

07.12.2021 at 17:33 by Pauline Fer

Work in progress for Museum Sophiahof. In progress…

02.12.2021 at 17:28 by Remco Swart


Work in progress for a children's tour Work in Progress

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs


Barefoot in an exhibition? Together with the Stapferhaus, we are looking at what this means for the perception of the visitors... Nature

24.11.2021 at 18:23 by Robin Schijfs

With a few kickoff days (and nights) in the mountains of Switzerland, we have firmly started the draft design for the new Nature exhibition at the Stapferhaus! Nature

30.09.2021 at 11:09 by Robin Schijfs


Cleaning out tree routs before they will be lifted to the ceiling Groote Museum

25.09.2021 at 12:29 by Michel de Vaan

Milling earth elevation minus water from a special foam. Here we show how little drinking water there actually is on earth. Groote Museum

30.06.2021 at 12:04 by Michel de Vaan


Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot


A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus


Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis


The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake (f)or Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef

for Happiness

Urbanian Pavilion

World Expo, Shanghai (CN)

A theatrically designed, monumental city. Inside a vast 15,000 m2 pavilion that stands over 20 metres high, we have designed a city made of found objects which triggers your imagination. Plastic crates become a large residential area full of skyscrapers. A gigantic pile of office furniture depicts an office colossus. Cardboard moving boxes shape a skyline.

Shanghai (CN)
Bureau of World Expo Coordination
15.000 m2
Concept, Spatial design, Graphic design, Art direction
Herman Kossmann (lead), Mark de Jong, Martijn Sas
Content research and advisors
Arnold Reijndorp, Michelle Provoost, Paul Meurs
Project management
KDJ, Adelina Lee
Media content concept
Tungsten studio, De Aanpak, KDJ
Media content production
yU+co.[sh], KDJ
Light design
Tweebeeke Licht
AV technical advisor
Crowd control advisor
Incontrol Simulation Solutions
Guangdong Jimei
Design and Construction Company Lighting and audio hardware
Shanghai Yong Jia
Hardware AV and show control
Shanghai Foremost Multimedia
Technical & project consultant (Design Phase)
Hypsos Leisure Asia
In search of happiness: how do you do that?

The ‘Urbanian Pavilion’ was one of the host country’s five themed pavilions during the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. To immerse you in the theme ‘In search of happiness’, we developed a concept that follows six existing families in their quest. They live in six different cities on six different continents.

A whole day in less than an hour

During a 45-minute ‘city walk’ you will get new views, perspectives and insights into the lives of these six families. You can see the city they live in and how it changes throughout the day through different lighting and sound.

Highlighting themes that determine the quality of life

You see what makes the city so attractive to so many people: sufficient and satisfying work; a healthy and safe living environment; good learning opportunities; a rich social network; the diversity on offer; and the endless possibilities.

Six families, six different films

Together with a team of more than 300 construction workers, technicians, and constructors, we worked for months on the five sub-pavilions: Living, Working, Communicating, Learning and Health. Each pavilion has a different design. Under our supervision, a Chinese film crew filmed six families in their homes and in their cities.


Designpreis Deutschland 2012


IDA International Design Awards (USA) 2010

Interior Design – Gold Award

Red Dot Design Award 2011

Interior Design – Winner

Design Week Awards 2011

Exhibition Design – Shortlisted

Inside Award (WAF Barcelona) 2011

Display – Shortlisted

Exhibitor Magazine's EXPO Awards 2010

Elements & Details – Honorable Mention

China's Most Succesful Design Awards 2010

Succesful Award

IIDA Global Excellence Awards USA 2010

Cultural/Institutional/Educational – Honorable Mention