Chinese pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 pays tribute to traditional construction methods

China’s first promotional pavilion outside of its borders has been revealed at the Milan Expo 2015, which opened on 1 May and will continue until 30 October, 2015.

Designed by Yichen Lu of emerging New York-based design firm Studio Link-Arc in collaboration with Beijing’s Tsinghua University, the flowing structure of the pavilion is created from natural materials, keeping with the expo’s sustainable agricultural theme.

Th China Pavilion uses the message “Land of Hope” to convey the idea that hope is only possible when city and nature harmoniously coexist.

The structure itself is made up of a floating, undulated roof that is inspired by the geometry of Beijing’s skyline and the curves of the rolling mountain ranges- combining urbanism and nature.

The roof is covered with hundreds of layered bamboo panels that filter natural light into the building’s interior. The textured bamboo leaves refer to traditional roof constriction.

Conceived as a traditional  timber structure inspired by Chinese “raised beam”-style architecture, the pavilion is on a much larger scale than typical structures of its kind, made possible with advanced construction technology.

All building materials used are organic including wheat straw, wood and bamboo.

Visitors enter the pavilion via the ground plane planted with a field of wheat that is a nod to China’s agrarian past.

It provides a smooth transition to an LED multimedia exhibition area with viewing terraces.


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