Nostalgia at Work: Polish Pavillion, 2010 World Expo, Shanghai

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Via Design Boom: This building, conceived by architects Wojciech Kakowski, Marcin Mostafa, and Natalia Paszkowska, was recently chosen by the Polish government to represent the country in the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. The design is based on motifs found in traditional Polish paper cutouts (Wycinanki).

When I was a kid, my Polish grandmother used to make a very100-15545.jpg specific kind of bread at Easter. My brother and I would dye eggs with the sort of (likely lead-based) Ukranian dye that destroyed hands and clothing alike (much to the chagrin of my mother, President of Ann Taylor and Mikimoto Pearl Co., who was still getting a handle on the whole Polock thing to begin with). Nanny braided the dough, pressed our mess-terpieces along its edges, and baked the thing to golden perfection. Loved that bread. However, would I base a building design on it? No, I damn well would not.

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