At Milan Expo 2015, a thirty metres long cantilever with a reflecting ceiling and a roof garden invites guests into Russia Pavilion. Designed by a team led by architect Sergei Tchoban, the country celebrates the achievents of its scientists but also the potential of its abundant natural resources and the variety of local cuisines.
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The canopy with a curving mirrored underside leads visitors to a welcome area and then into a digital herbarium. Here a psychedelic alchemist’s lab pulses with neon lights whilst bar tenders offer typical Russian drinks. Guests can then walk along an lit periodic table on the wall but also taste local food and recipes.
Russia has taken part in World Expos since 1851 in London. The architecture of Milan edition looks back at Russian and Soviet pavilions in previous Expos but with a responsible approach. Indeed, green technologies, sustainably sourced timber and glass are the main ingredients of the structure.
Architect Sergei Tchoban of SPEECH Tchoban/Kuznetsov says: “An important task in our architectural development was to inject the essence of Russia into the design. Russia is a country of vast expanses, of endless vistas and huge tracts of forest. We have embodied Russian-ness in our design by framing it an apparent infinite rhythm of wooden elements, there are obvious references to the typology of Russian landscape”.
In Milan, the pavilion responds to the fair main theme Feed the Planet – Energy for Life focusing on food security with a key message: “Russia has the size, the natural resources and the agricultural heritage to provide food for its own and the world’s population, now and for future generations”.
Russia is one of the most influential players in the global agricultural market. In Milan, the pavilion shows the country’s vast reserves of water and arable land, its great scientists and their contributions to agriculture but also the diversity of national cuisines and agricoltural traditions.