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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

    Studio Link-Arc, Tsinghua University
  • 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/>
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5 Comments

Nicky · March 29, 2014

a great piece of timber-architecture!

Jose · March 10, 2014

Muy bueno pero me pregunto...¿ Es tan fuerte la influencia del gran maestro Frank Gehry?...como dije, no deja de ser un gran proyecto!! por solo citar algunos proyectos, el Museo de la Biodiversidad de Panama, La Casa Danzante de Praga, la misma bodega Marques del Riscal donde el uso del vidrio en sus formas orgánicas es recurrente.

Qiaoran_Satori · March 10, 2014

Tsinghua University should be blamed, it is EXPO, not a general project in China.
The material and structure of the roof may generate from ancient Chinese building, however,the way it formed and the figure of this pavilion is really like the 2010 Spanish Pavilion.

dido · March 09, 2014

It's a copy of 2010 Expo Spanish Pavilion

Francesco · March 09, 2014

Nice project

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