At Milan Expo 2015 international architects designed sustainable and temporary national pavilions to showcase each contry’s commitment for a better future. ArchiPanic walked through the Expo site to discover architectural inspirations and stories according the the fair motto Feed the planet, energy for life.
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Nepal pavilion by Implementing Expert Group (IEG) is inspired by the ancient settlements in the valleys of Kathmandu and offers a journey in the vivid colours and different ethnicites of the country.
In support of the earthquake tragedy that took thousands of lives and destroyed many monuments and landmarks, construction teams from other pavilions supported and helped the Nepalese to finish the pavilion in time for the opening on may first.
Brazil Pavilion features an open large metal frame with an unconventional tensile structure that visitors can climb to reach the main exhibition. Commisioned to studio arthur casas and atelier marko brajovic, the pavilion uses the metaphor of the network, in terms of flexibility, fluidity and decentralization to convey the message for a sustainable message.
The exhibition developed by atelier marko brajovic suggests the concept of erasing borders and it is focused on four key themes: natural wisdom, empire of colors, human power and creative fusion. The pavilion features also a pop-up store, a restaurant and a cafe.
A bar is located at the rear of the pavilion, all interconnected by atrium to maximize natural light. Brazil is a country showing the relationships and integration of different topics that, combined, make it one of the global leaders in food production.
Vietnam Pavilion is inspired by the Lotus Flower and focuses on the message for a more responsible use of water resources. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the pavilion features wooden a disarming beauty with a capacity for purifying the water in which it thrives.
Walking along the main path Decumano different architectural patterns aligne like the ones of the pavilion of Banca Intesa, Poland and France.
Poland Pavilion’s facades are made with fruit and vegetable wooden cases stacked on top top of each others and creating an elegant and light pattern. Designed by studio 2PM of architect Piotr Musiałowski, the Pavilion is a simple, rectangular solid box that hosts a magical garden inside.
Lithuania pavilion is focused on the theme of balance. The balance between rich agricultural traditions and the development of new tecnologies.
The country that will turn 25 this year joines expo with a minimalist white architecture designed by a group of young architects from Kaunas. Two cubic buildings joined by a series of interconnecting walkways remind the image a set of scales balancing, in this case, tradition and innovation.
The Netherlands Pavilion is as a fun park responding to the motto “Share, grow, live”. The Dutch participation comes in an uncontevional way adapting the features of a Tivoli park to the Feed the Planet message.“Working together and sharing our knowlege is part of our culture” Say at the Dutch pavilion underlining that the Netherlands – literally the land that didn’t exist – were created filling a delta soil with hard team-work.
Not by Bread Only” is the motto of the Holy See Pavilion. Talking surfaces repeat the message in different languages on a pure white and yellow introverted structure facing the decumano. Inside a silent and charity message to globalise the Expo theme on a spiritual level.
Architecture studio QuattroAssociati says: “We didn’t want it to look like a church or a chapel but more like a stone, simple and sober but solid”.
Mexico Pavilion features sails enclosing the main structure. Designed by architect Francisco López Guerra Almada, together with Jorge Vallejo and consulting biologist Juan Guzzy, the architecture is based onthe most typical Mexican food: corn.
Indeed, the large external structure is inspired by the shape of a big corn cob. The pavilion shows its wide variety of plants, animals and ecosystems, the national couisine and the country’s agricoltural heritage.
The idea for Slovenia pavilion by Sono Arhitekti is based on the slogan I FEEL SLOVENIA. Green. Active. Healthy. The common thread in the exhibition manifests itself through a series of interactive elements and architectural design through the pavilion.
Five prismatical structures, positioned on the geometrically and dynamically designed surface, whose shape is reminiscent of a cultivated field, represent Slovenian diverse geographical landscape and symbolize fundamental ideas of sustainable development.
Amongst the most noticeable exhibition Chile Pavilion by Cristián Undurraga is focused on the art of hospitality. A suspended structure, a large wooden lintel is enclosed by a frame of crossed beams and supported by four concrete pillars that create an intermediate space, a clear horizon, typical of Chilean architecture.
Designed by Italo Rota, developed and implemented by Progetto Cmr, Kuwait Pavilion offers a fascinating view of the country’s territory, its culture, its human and natural resources in a State born from a desert where it has been able to create its own wealth. It is the desert with an architectural composition of sails that change colour at night that welcomes visitors. After a long promenade the guests are led to the event area where they are immersed in landscapes recreated by 360 degree projection.
After a canyon of water and rocks, the heart of the pavilion hosts a huge glass model which recounts the history of the area. Surrounded by hydroponics outside (tomatoes, strawberries, salads), the largest space, used for dining and refreshment, is colored by the typical elements of the Arab souk and by a large central fire, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy the flavors of the Middle East.
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