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Tradition and Innovation
June 25, 2008 By Michal Jeziorski   
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The Polish pavilion at the Expo 2008 international exhibition in Saragossa, Spain, will blend tradition with innovation.

On the outside, the pavilion will refer to traditional medicinal methods, while its interior will resemble that of a luxury yacht as a symbol of Poland's expertise in building modern sailboats.

The architectural design of the Polish pavilion has been inspired by the leading theme of Expo 2008, "Water and Sustainable Development," and by Poland's motto at the exhibition, "Create and Care."

The pavilion will combine various modern and futuristic visual forms-including multimedia presentations and artistic animated sequences-with the appeal of a traditional tężnia solankowa (graduation tower), a structure of twigs that releases brine vapors and is used for therapeutic purposes in Poland. The whole will be made complete with state-of-the-art technology employed in the construction of luxury yachts.

In the dry and hot climate of Spain, visitors to the Polish pavilion will be surprised by the pleasant sensation of a cool and refreshing mist rising from the pavilion's fascine facade, the pavilion's designers say. The mist will be produced by the graduation tower, a structure unknown in Spain that uses blackthorn twigs to break drops of brine into a spray. Real brine graduation towers are used in Poland for therapeutic purposes. Out of a dozen or so such structures in Europe, three of the most beautiful ones are located in the Polish towns of Ciechocinek, Inowrocław and Konstancin-Jeziorna.

After entering the building, visitors to the Polish pavilion will see a vast space whose colors and design will refer to luxurious yachts. The floor will be made partly of glass and partly of teak wood, in another reference to the use of natural materials in state-of-the-art technology. The texture and appearance of the walls will make them look like the hulls of new-generation boats, while their shape will be reminiscent of sails. This arrangement is designed to underline Poland's position as a European leader in designing and building modern yachts.

One of the largest pavilions at Expo 2008, the Polish pavilion will have a surface area of almost 1,000 square meters.
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