The China Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 by New York based Studio Link-arc and a team from Tsinghua University in Beijing will feature a undulating roof raising from a landscape of wheat. The project is currently under construction and will open to visitors on the first of may. Under the shingled floating roof visitors will be guided along interactive installations and multimedia exhibitions about China agricultural heritage and resources of according to the Expo main issue feeding the planet.
The theme for the China Pavilion is The Land of Hope. An undulating roof will blend an urban skyline with the profile of a natural landscape expressing the idea that hope can be realized when city and nature co-exist in harmony.
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The roof’s timber structure references the “raised-beam” system found in traditional Chinese architecture. Shingled panels inspired by traditional pottery roof construction are reinterpreted as large bamboo leaves that shade the public spaces below with an evocative play of light and transparency.
Beneath the roof, the building’s ground plane is defined by a landscape of wheat that references China’s agrarian past. This natural landscape transitions seamlessly into an LED multimedia installation in the center that forms the centerpiece of the building’s exhibition program.
The Pavilion’s full exhibition and cultural offerings are experienced as a sequence of spaces, beginning with an exterior waiting area in the landscape, leading to a themed exhibition space with interactive installations and cultural offerings from differernt Chinese provinces.
After this, visitors are guided up a gently sloped public stair to a panoramic viewing platform above the multimedia installation, after which they are guided into a multimedia space featuring a short film focusing on family reunions during China’s annual Spring Festival.
This sequence concludes with visitors stepping outside the building onto a platform above the bamboo roof that enjoys expansive views of the Expo grounds.
CREDITS – THE PROJECT
Client: China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Organizer: Expo Milano 2015
ARCHITECTURE by Tsinghua University & Studio Link-Arc.
Chief Architect: Yichen Lu (Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc). Associate In Charge: Kenneth Namkung, Qinwen Cai, Ching-Tsung Huang (Studio Link-Arc). Project Team: Mario Bastianelli, Alban Denic, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Shuning Fan, Zachary Grzybowski, Elvira Hoxha, Dongyul Kim, Hyunjoo Lee, Aymar Mariño-Maza (Studio Link-Arc). Architect and Engineer of Record: F&M Ingegneria. Structural Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. Enclosure Engineer: Elite Facade Consultants + ATLV. MEP Engineer: Beijing Qingshang Environmental Art & Architectural Design.
EXHIBITION, LANDSCAPE, & INTERIOR DESIGN
Design Director: Dan Su, Yue Zhang (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University). Design Coordinator: Yi Du (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University). Exhibition Design: Yanyang Zhou, Danqing Shi (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University). Landscape Design: Xiaosheng Cui (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University). Interior Design: Jiansong Wang (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University). Installation Design: Danqing Shi, Feng Xian (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University). Lighting Design: Yi Du (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University). Visual Identity Design: Xin Gu (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University).
Photos: courtesy of Studio Link-arc.
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