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

  • 01 May 2014
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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

Competition: French Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015
Award: First Prize
Architects: X-TU
Location: Milan,
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
Year: 2015
Photographs: X-TU

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Milan Expo 2015: X-TU Designs Latticed “Fertile Market” for French Pavilion" 01 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>