Architect Atsushi Kitagawara designed Japan Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 combining ancient building techniques and digital technologies. A wooden grid structure that makes no use of metal nails or bolts enhances the sustainable imprint of the country based on Harmonious diversity. The pavilion features also design installations by Nendo and TeamLab.
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In designing Japan Pavilion, architect Atsushi Kitagawara took inspiration by ancient buildings of satoyama villages. Satoyamas are natural woodlands that coexist nearby populated areas where architecture used to find its balance with Nature by making use of natural resources responsibly.
Horyuji Temple epitomizes the wisdom of Japan traditional wooden architecture that made use of a method of tension and compression between the single wooden elements. Indeed, these constructions were made without using a metal couplers and were earthquake-proof at the same time.
Atsushi Kitagawara says “Japan Pavilion at Expo 2015 is based on the Theory of Life. In Japan 70% of the territory is covered by forests that provide most of the ingredients of our cuisine”.
The studio combined traditional construction methods with the latest 3D programming technologies to create a wooden grid structure made with trees that were torn down only to thin out Japanese forests in order to allow them to regenerate.
The exhibition guides visitors through a multimedia journey with installations by TeamLab. Guests can interract with them and discover extra contents with a specially designed app.
The pavilion features also a design installation by Nendo: a sloping dining table with matching chairs creates a perspective illusion.
In the last section of the exhibition guests are invited to join the dinner table of the future, interact with touch-screens using chopsticks whilst actors entertain singing and dancing.
Videos: Courtesy of TeamLab.