The concept proposal for Vietnam’s Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan focuses on mixing settlement and settled agriculture to create the future’s space – the space where settlement and settled agriculture include each other. Titled the Pavilion of dream terraces (field), the building by H&P Architects is created from steel structure frames, which have a large amount of modules – the longest one being 7.5m – that are connected by simple joins or overlapping. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Vietnam is one of the wet rice civilization’s cradles – the civilization that based on the cultivation on the terraces field to take shape. The wet rice civilization played the role of forming the community’s settlement and settled agriculture and immaterial culture achievement, which is the neighborhood culture. The solution is to create a symbolic image with a simple installation method at a low cost.
The steel structure frames are covered by miscellaneous wood which is salvaged to reduce the cost. The structure has multiple functions: force resistance, planter, space for exhibits/furnishings, technical use – water/electricity supply/escape. The field covering the building helps conditioning the microclimate, provides food and creates the symbolic image (the mixing of the terraces field and the traditional house’s roof) for both interior and exterior.
The building seems to grow from the ground, the steep of the volume helps making good views from all approaching directions. The concept is hoped to be a good suggestion for the development of agriculture in the future while the farming area is being reduced due to the uncontrolled urbanization.
The multiplication of the “field” inside the urban is a guarantee for the energy of the future life. The complex between agriculture and architecture is the base for the sustainable development.
Architects: H&P Architects
Location: Milan, Italy
Architects In Charge: Doan Thanh Ha & Tran Ngoc Phuong
Team: Nguyen Thi Hoang, Nguyen Hai Hue, Chu Kim Thinh
Area: 20m X 44,33m
Total Floor Area: 450 sqm
Building Height: 12m
Completion Date: March 2013