A Belgian garden
The firm "Nicolas Godelet 戈建 Architects & Engineers" has designed a garden that resembles the Belgian countryside. It opens onto a grassy field and a hill bordered with trees. In the distance a gentle cloud, an architectural gem, shelters a structured garden. It is all curves and symmetrical lines. This flower-filled space hides treasures from our painting, poetry and sculpture. In the centre, a table invites visitors to spend some time in this little corner of Belgium and enjoy some of its top products.
Architect Nicolas Godelet is not only famous at home, he has also built up a following among experts in China. His success has led him to open offices in Beijing. His work, which is inspired by Belgian and Chinese culture, is a subtle balance between architecture and the spontaneity of nature.
Live Green, Live Better
This little corner of paradise contributes to the expo's ambition to "Live Green, Live Better". The gardens encourage visitors to respect and protect nature, to "Live Green". These spaces inspire ecological, economic and respectful behaviour. "Live Better" involves research and education on environmental protection and horticultural development. Specialists from around the world will soon meet at the Beijing international exhibition to discuss their ideas.
The equivalent of more than 700 football pitches (503 ha) will be dedicated to these goals. No horticultural exhibition has taken place on such a vast site since 1959. It will then be transformed into a park, both for tourism purposes and as a horticultural centre of expertise.