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Milan Expo 2015: X-TU Designs Latticed “Fertile Market” for French Pavilion

Paris-based X-TU has envisioned a more cohesive, sustainable market where food is not only grown and harvested, but sold and consumed on the spot. Serving as the French pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, X-TU’s competition-winning scheme will celebrate the country’s “rich genetic heritage” and future in innovative food production with a timber “fertile market” that supports the growth of the produce it sells. 

Within the vaulted halls of the market, herbs, vegetable and hops will take over the wooden lattice structure. On the ground floor, visitors will walk through a living exhibition of France’s food production, before heading upstairs to a terraced restaurant that serves  the pavilion’s fresh produce.

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Structure . Image © X-TU
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  • Competition: French Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015
  • Award: First Prize
  • Architects: X-TU
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Project Leader: Mathias Lukacs
  • Collaborating Architect: Atelien Architecture
  • Companies: C.M.C di Ravenna, Simonin
  • Client: FranceAgriMer
  • Multimedia: Innovision
  • Lighting Designer: LICHT KUNST LICHT
  • Research Office: OASIIS, Grontmij
  • Landscape Gardener: BASE
  • Acoustic Specialist: Viasonora
  • Kitchen Designer: BECP
  • Graphic Designer: Chevalvert
  • Cultural Engineering: Lordculture
  • Production: Les Films d’Ici
  • Cost: 14 m€
  • Area: 3286.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: X-TU
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "Milan Expo 2015: X-TU Designs Latticed “Fertile Market” for French Pavilion " 01 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>