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Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool

Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects have revealed their winning design for the Pavilion of the Czech Republic at the 2015 Milan Expo. Responding to the Expo's food theme, the pavilion is centered around the Czech Republic's unique relationship to water, featuring a public swimming pool at the center of the design and presenting the latest progress in nanotechnology for water purification.

Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain

Barcelona’s b720 arquitectos has designed a greenhouse-inspired pavilion to represent Spain at the 2015 Milan Expo. Representing a “fusion” of Spain’s gastronomic tradition and innovation, the portico-like structure will be divided into two halves and united by a repetitious form.

IULM_Milan / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

  • Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Alessandro Schiesaro
  • High Supervision: Cesare Stevan, Angelo Bugatti
  • Desing Team: Gabriele Pulselli, Raffaella F. Pirrello, Daniele Marchetti, Domenica Laface, Alessandro Bellus, Lorenza Barabino, Luca Pozzi, Simonetta Cenci
  • Area: 23261.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ernesta Caviola

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Milan Expo 2015: Vo Trong Nghia's Lotus-Inspired Vietnamese Pavilion

Vo Trong Nghia has unveiled designs for the Vietnamese pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the lotus, the pavilion features a number of bamboo clad, umbrella-like structures supporting trees above a pool of water, in a composition reminiscent of their Kontum Indochine Cafe.

"The Lotus is Vietnam’s national flower, a symbol of purity, commitment and optimism for the future," say the architects. "Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof that patience can turn difficulties into advantages."

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SALES ODDITY by Andrés Jaque, Silver Lion for Research at the Venice Biennale

By the late 1960s, two dynamics were shaping a new urban reality in Italy: on the one hand, TV was heavily influencing Italian society, becoming an intrinsic part of daily life; on the other, the social tension resulting from student protests and accelerated immigration had begun to impact cities in a chaotic way. These dynamics paved the way for Milano Due, a new town on the outskirts of Milan, which promised a new, idyllic type of urbanism.

Nestlé Headquarters / Park Associati

  • Architects: Park Associati
  • Location: Via del Bosco Rinnovato, 20090 Milan, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi
  • Design Team Park Associati: Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi, Marco Siciliano, Marinella Ferrari, Stefano Lanotte, Lorenzo Merloni, Marco Panzeri, Davide Pojaga, Alessandro Rossi, Elisa Taddei, Paolo Uboldi, Fabio Calciati
  • Design Team General Planning: Giovanni Bonini, Paolo Varenna, Loris Colombo, Luca Dagrada, Laura Barat, Matteo Molteni, Luca Rini, Paolo Rossanigo, Antonio Virelli, Alberto Villa, Claudio Bertolini, Mimmo Vitetta, Luigi Zinco, Walter Cola, Andrea Cristaldi, Vittorio Viganò, Claudio Bertagnolli, Manuel Schieder, Francesco Torchitti, Mario Pinoli, Giuseppe Zaffino
  • Area: 34092.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna, Simone Simone

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Milan Expo 2015: Libeskind Reimagines the Chinese “Shitang” for Vanke

Daniel Libeskind has unveiled designs for Vanke’s first ever overseas pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo. Clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalized tile, which was designed by Libeskind in collaboration with the Italian company Casalgrande Padan, the “red serpentine-like” structure reinterprets the traditional Chinese Shitang (dining hall). 

Milan Expo 2015: Nemesi & Partners Reveal Smog-Eating Pavilion for Italy

Roma-based Nemesi & Partners has designed a 13,000 square meter “urban forest” that will serve as the Italian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Enveloped within an intricate, branch-like skin, the six-story lattice structure will be made from 900 panels of “i.active BIODYNAMIC” cement that will “capture” air pollutants and convert them into inert salts. 

Milan Expo 2015: Austria's Winning Pavilion to Simulate Native Climate

The winning design for the Austrian pavilion of the 2015 Milan Expo has been announced. Following the Expo’s theme of “Energy for Life,” team.breathe.austria's winning proposal focuses on social change for environmental protection. The enclosed, rectangular pavilion will be planted with an abundance of native Austrian vegetation. Titled “breathe,” the project will produce enough oxygen to sustain 18,000 people by the hour and advocates for a healthier bond between the urban and natural environment.

Milan Expo 2015: OBA Unveils Designs for Thai Pavilion

The honor of designing Thailand’s pavilion for the 2015 Milan Exposition has officially been awarded to The Office of Bangkok Architects (OBA). The firm’s winning design incorporates the Expo’s theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” with the agrarian and religious qualities that define the Kingdom of Thailand. Located centrally on the Expo’s main avenue, the pavilion will be adjacent to a canal that will be used as a part of the exhibition, relating back to Bangkok’s informal title as the “Venice of Asia.”

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. 

QKING / Modourbano Architettura

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Competition Entry: Romanian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Collective East Architects

Placing sixth in the competition to design the Romanian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, Collective East Architects offered a “simple and powerful landmark” that focuses on the history of Romania’s agriculture. Serving as an “attractor and orientation mark,” the structure was conceived by repeating a traditional Romanian pattern that “transformed the pavilion into a sculptural object with a powerful national identify.” From a distance, the facade appears “introverted and impenetrable;” as viewers move closer, the building begins to expose its contents, revealing a level of detail one would expect in a “jewelry museum.”  

MVRDV Exhibits Furniture Series "Vertical Village" at Milan Design Week

MVRDV, in cooperation with the Belgian furniture label Sixinch, have designed a playful furniture series that imagines an antidote to the sprawled, generic urban growth of East Asia's mega-cities. Each of the 77 large cushions in “Vertical Village” - currently on display at Milan's Design Week - take the form of small, densely-packed houses, colorful alternatives to the horizontal, block-like residential buildings that currently dot East Asia's skylines. From the exhibition:

"The Vertical Village - observation of the uncontrolled growth of Asian cities, which has lead to the disappearance of urban villages on a human scale, prompts the designers to develop a livable city model that promotes upward growth: a vertical village composed of small residential nuclei that ensure human relationships and, at the same time, leave room for green areas and gathering places. The installation is composed of 77 large cushions in the form of small houses, all different.”

Learning Center FLA / Studio Marinoni

© Giovanni Chiaramonte
© Giovanni Chiaramonte
  • Architects: Studio Marinoni
  • Location: Corso Sempione, 36, 20154 Milan, Italy
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Giovanni Chiaramonte

© Giovanni Chiaramonte © Giovanni Chiaramonte © Giovanni Chiaramonte © Giovanni Chiaramonte

Competition Entry: Austrian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Paolo Venturella

Placing fifth in the international competition to design the Austrian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, Paolo Venturella’s concept is designed as an extruded version of the Austrian mountain house that connects two major programs: an exhibition space and “big green-house.” To the north, the elevated exhibition space is shielded by a fabric sheathing which diminishes as it moves towards the greenhouse, south, where visitors are presented with a fresh vegetable garden, bar and restaurant that serves traditional cuisine. 

White Wave / Piuarch

  • Architects: Piuarch
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario
  • Area: 22500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Piuarch

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

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© 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.”