This week marks one month since the opening of the Milan Expo 2015. This year, the six-month exposition presents an exploration surround food and ‘Feeding the Planet’. Each country’s participation was presented with a study of their own interpretation of this topic, as well as a permanent structure created by host nation Italy.
This year, each nation presents an innovative and enlightening experience for visitors. Each country’s representation of the theme explores a personal and geographically diverse insight, executed with the use of modern architecture, art, and design. The UK Pavilion showcased perfect synergy between architecture and engineering with the exploration of bee’s journey through a meadow of flowers and into an impressive beehive structure that forms the central feature.
Image Credits UK& NI: UKTI & Laurian Ghinitoiu
Image Credits Austria: Daniele Madia
Another notable experience has been created by Austria who explores the connection between technology and nature. The pavilion in itself presents a sensory experience, allowing visitors to catch a breath of fresh air. The temperature control system allows the interior of the space to remain cool and sustain a microclimate. One of the most structurally experimental creations within the Milan Expo is the Arabian desert city created by Norman Foster for the UAE. The exploration of harsh desert climates is expressed with a soft architectural formation of walls that creates shadows and light avenues inviting visitors to surround themselves into the dessert experience.
Image Credits UAE: Foster + Partners
Host Pavilion: Italy
Image Credit: Nemesi
The Italy pavilion is no short of both architectural creativity merged with modern engineering. The site includes a temporary site, titled the Cardo and the only permanent structure on site, the Palazzo. Crafted from a combination of bio-dynamic concrete, steel and photovoltaic glass panels on the roof, the entire structure provides a bio-diverse form presenting sustainable features combined with stunning architecture. The concrete acts as a sieve, reducing smog that has been captured within the air around it. The glass roof acts as a skylight, allowing the internal atrium to illuminate with sunlight and shadows created by the lattice design of the external concrete panels.
The Slow Food Pavilion
Image Credits: Marco Jetti
Bringing together the core elements of the Expo, the Slow Food Pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron, invokes and provokes visitors to really think about what they consume and where it comes from. Exploring agriculture and bio-diversity, the pavilion includes a theater space, an exhibition space, and a tasting space. With the use of natural wooden structures similar to urban food shacks, the stripped-down form of the pavilion presents a modest environment for visitors to explore and offers the essential message that the Expo is relaying this year.
The Milan Expo is on until the 31st October 2015.