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Milan Expo 2015: Tsinghua University with Studio Link-Arc to Design China Pavilion

Milan Expo 2015: Tsinghua University with Studio Link-Arc to Design China Pavilion
© Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc

Tsinghua University, alongside New York-based Studio Link-Arc, has been announced as winners of a competition to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Expanding on the Expo’s overarching theme, “Feeding the Planet - Energy for Life,” the pavilion’s “Land of Hope” is centered on the idea that “hope can be realized when nature and the city exist in harmony.” 

Milan Expo 2015: Tsinghua University with Studio Link-Arc to Design China Pavilion, © Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc

From the Winning Design Team: Rejecting the typical notion of a pavilion as an object in a plaza, the China Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo is instead conceived as a field of spaces. Designed as a cloud hovering over a “field of hope”, the pavilion is experienced as a sheltered public plaza beneath a floating roof that incorporates the building’s cultural and exhibition programs. The roof’s distinctive profile creates an iconic image for the project and will foster a unique presence within the Expo grounds.

© Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc

The China Pavilion is themed “The Land of Hope”. The project embodies this theme through an undulating roof form, which is derived by merging the profile of a city skyline on the building’s north side with the profile of a landscape on the southern side, expressing the idea that “hope” can be realized when nature and the city exist in harmony. The Pavilion’s floating roof is designed as a timber structure that references the “raised-beam” system found in traditional Chinese architecture, but is adapted to accommodate modern construction technology. The roof is clad in shingled panels that reference traditional Chinese terra-cotta roof construction, but are reinterpreted as large bamboo panels that reduce structural weight, create a shaded public space below, and further enhance the Pavilion’s unique silhouette.

© Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc

Beneath this roof, the building’s ground plane is defined by a landscape of wheat (the “field of hope”) that references China’s agrarian past and transitions seamlessly into a multimedia installation in the center. This installation, formed from a matrix of LED “stalks” that mimic the form of the wheat, forms the centerpiece of the building’s exhibition program. 

© Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc

The Pavilion’s full exhibition and cultural offerings are experienced as a sequence of spaces, beginning with an exterior waiting area in the landscape, leading to a themed exhibition space with interactive installations and cultural offerings from forty Chinese provinces. After this, visitors are guided up a gently sloped public stair to a panoramic viewing platform above the LED matrix installation, after which they are guided into a multimedia space, which will feature a short film focused on returning home for the Spring Festival. This sequence concludes with visitors stepping outside onto a platform above the bamboo roof that enjoys expansive views of the Expo grounds.

© Studio Link-Arc
© Studio Link-Arc
  • Competition

    Milan Expo 2015: China Pavilion
  • Award

    First Prize
  • Architects

  • Location

    Milan, Italy
  • Chief Architect

    Yichen Lu (Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc)
  • Associate in Charge

    Kenneth Namkung, Qinwen Cai (Studio Link-Arc)
  • Project Team

    Shuning Fan, Hyunjoo Lee, Dongyul Kim, Xiaoshi Wang, Alban Denic , Zach Grzybowski (Studio Link-Arc)
  • Design Directors

    Dan Su, Yue Zhang (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
  • Chief Designer

    Yi Du (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
  • Exhibition Design

    Yanyang Zhou, Danqing Shi (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
  • Landscape Design

    Xiaosheng Cui ( Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
  • Interior Design

    Jiansong Wang (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
  • Installation Design

    Danqing Shi, Feng Xian (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
  • Light Design

    Yi Du (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
  • Visual Identity Design

    Xin Gu (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
  • Client

    China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
  • Structural Engineer

    Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • Enclosure Engineer

    Elite Facade Consultants + ATLV
  • MEP Engineer

    Beijing Qingshang Environmental Art & Architectural Design
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Milan Expo 2015: Tsinghua University with Studio Link-Arc to Design China Pavilion" 08 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/484524/milan-expo-2015-studio-link-arc-teams-with-tsinghua-university-to-design-china-pavilion/>