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

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

Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool
Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool, © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects
© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects

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.

© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects Model Photo. Image © Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects + 30

© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects
© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects

The clean, simple design also includes a restaurant and a small amphitheater on the ground floor, a second restaurant and exhibition spaces on the first floor, and a public green roof. The interiors of the pavilion are designed in collaboration with leading Czech artists, featuring work from Luke Rittstein, Jakub Nepras, Maxim Velcovsky, and Federico Diaz.

© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects
© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects

"The Czech pavilion offers something extra to the often tired visitors. It is up to the visitor, if he decides to rest in one of three restaurants in the pavilion or relax in the swimming pool," say the designers.

© Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects
© Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects

In addition, the pool offers an opportunity to incorporate unusual marketing materials: instead of paper flyers which are usually discarded, visitors are offered flip-flops, a bathing suit and a towel printed with the pavilion's promotional materials. This will help the promotional materials live on after the Expo, as people re-use these gifts all over the world.

Model Photo. Image © Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects
Model Photo. Image © Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects

Developed in partnership with the company KOMA Modular s.r.o., the modular design also takes the closing of the Expo into account; the individual modules can be removed and transported back to the Czech Republic for reuse, and the leftover structure in Milan can be repurposed into a permanent public baths, a kindergarten, or other useful building.

© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects
© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool" 18 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/549396/milan-expo-2015-czech-pavilion-by-chybik-kristof-is-centered-around-a-swimming-pool/> ISSN 0719-8884