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‘Invitation tender’ in MOP67 million deal

2009. 19 October

( Following Primedia's grant of MOP32 million to organise Macau’s 10th Anniversary establishment celebration in Beijing, along with MOP3 million for Macau’s representation in the 60th anniversary of the PRC, Nam Kwong Exhibitions and Shiror Productions have received more than MOP67 million for their interior conception of Macau's Pavilion in Shanghai’s Expo 2010.

The Macau Official Gazette yesterday announced that the two production companies were chosen to provide conceptual services for the interior of Macau’s Pavilion for Expo 2010 in two payments.

The companies will receive MOP42.6 million to be divided between advertising and investment expenses, while the remaining MOP24.7 million will be processed next year.
According to a Macao Economic Services (DSE) official contacted by MDTimes, there was no public tender issued, only an ‘invitation tender’, and the official refused to confirm the number of companies ‘invited’ to participate in the tender as well as other details regarding the MOP67 million deal.

In August, the government’s information bureau (GCS) was asked why no tender was put forward regarding the deal with Eva Lou’s company Primedia, and stated that the agreement was based upon the company’s event experience and also the convenience of having their branch already located in Beijing.

The Macau Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo designed by Carlos Marreiros will take the shape of a jade rabbit lantern that will change colour to present a mythological world inspired by the rabbit lanterns so popular during the Mid-autumn Festival in South China.

In Chinese mythology, the jade rabbit acts as a guide to the entrance of Nantianmen, the door leading to a fairy land.
Inside the pavilion displays will be based on three minute video and interactive multimedia that will feature several aspects of Macau life such as events, festivities and landmarks to paint a vivid picture of life in the SAR.

All displays are being created by specialised local and international companies, and Carlos Marreiros’ office, despite initial suggestions, is merely keeping informed through the Macau pavilion coordinating office to better integrate these displays with its architecture, the architect explained.
The beginning of this process took place last year when the public tender to a jury for submission of preliminary drawings took place between May 19 and July 4. Three finalists were chosen on June 8, two were Macau firms and a third from Macau architects who operate in the United Kingdom and Holland.

Marreiro’s firm won the jury selection, having submitted four proposals (three of which each won a prize) and is now responsible for the architecture and the engineering required for the project.

The traditional rabbit lantern has four wheels and a cord attached, a particular feature exclusive to rabbit lanterns of this area of Southern China, which provides movement to its head and tail when in motion, recreated in the full size pavilion which will have inflatable balloons acting as its head and tail.

The pavilion will measure a symbolic height of 1,999 meters (the date of Macau’s handover) with a total surface area of 1300 square meters, and have a transparent body with a metal structure. Photovoltaic panels that will help attenuate the structure’s energy consumption will cover the upper half of the pavilion, but these will serve mostly pedagogic and aesthetic purposes. Inside there’s a hair-spring ramp which will make the pavilion accessible to everyone, even the physically disadvantaged, given that once visitors enter the pavilion they will immediately take an escalator up to the third floor from which they will proceed down the hair-spring ramp, taking full part in a multi-media interactive experience.