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.
CompetitionFrench Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015
Project LeaderMathias Lukacs
Collaborating ArchitectAtelien Architecture
CompaniesC.M.C di Ravenna, Simonin
ScenographerSTUDIO ADELINE RISPAL
Lighting DesignerLICHT KUNST LICHT
Research OfficeOASIIS, Grontmij
ProductionLes Films d’Ici