Vanke Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Studio Libeskind

Vanke Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Studio Libeskind

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Milano, Italy
  • Architects: Studio Libeskind
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1210
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2015
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Hufton+Crow
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Vectorworks, FiAM, Keil, Lasvit
  • Architect In Charge : Yama Karim
  • Technical Director/Architect Of Record : Agostino Ghirardelli
  • Exhibition Design & Media Content : Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • General Contractor : Bodino Engineering Srl, Pavilion / Nussli, Exhibition
  • Project Management Consultant : J&A Consultants Srl
  • Director Of Works : Ginevra Macchi
  • Sustainability : Deerns
  • Structural Engineer : Ramboll
  • Structural Installation : OCML Spa
  • Light Fixtures : iGuzzini
  • Vip Lounge Chandelier : Lasvit
  • Vip Lounge Furniture : Poliform, Domus Tiandi
  • Vip Lounge Monitors : Fiam
  • Doors : Tre P & Tre Più
  • Mechanical Engineer : Deerns Italia Spa, Gianni Benvenuto Spa
  • Installations : Deerns Italia Spa, Gianni Benvenuto Spa
  • Exhibition Design Principal : Ralph Appelbaum
  • Exhibition Design And Project Director : James Cathcart
  • Exhibition Director Of Media : Alex Vlack
  • Exhibition 3 D Design And Project Management : Anthony Dong
  • Exhibition Graphic Director : Josh Hartley
  • Exhibition Head Of Production : Lilly Preston
  • Civil Works : Paterlini Costruzioni Spa
  • Electrical Engineer & Installations : Deerns, Diesse Electra Spa
  • Façade Engineer & Installations : Nerobutto Snc, Casalgrande Padana, Bodino Engineering Srl
  • Mechanical Engineer & Installations : Deerns, Gianni Benvenuto Spa
  • City : Milano
  • Country : Italy
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Text description provided by the architects. Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind (New York/Milan/Zurich), the corporate pavilion for Vanke China will explore key issues related to the theme of the Expo, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The interior exhibition design is led by Ralph Appelbaum Associates (NewYork/ London/Beijing/Berlin/Moscow) with graphic design by Han Jiaying (Beijing).

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The concept for the Vanke Pavilion incorporates three ideas drawn from Chinese culture related to food: the shi-tang, a traditional Chinese dining hall; the landscape, the fundamental element to life; and the dragon, which is metaphorically related to farming and sustenance. All three of these concepts are incorporated in the Vanke Pavilion’s exhibition, architecture and program.

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“As the rapid growth of cities forces populations to live in closer proximity and the risk of social disintegration rises, we commissioned this pavilion to address both metaphorically and physically the issues of contemporary life related to the theme of the Expo,” said Wang Shi, Chairman, China Vanke. “The tradition of food in Chinese culture has many strong associations, from the concept of the shi-tang (dining hall) to the form of the dragon, which is mythically derived from the history of agriculture in China. Through these concepts we aim to represent Vanke’s goals on a global scale: the possibility to create vibrant, healthy communities in a sustainable and innovative environment,” added Chairman Wang.

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Situated on the southeast edge of the Lake Arena, the 800-square meter pavilion appears to rise from the east, forming a dynamic, vertical landscape. The design features a sinuous geometrical pattern that flows between inside and outside. A grand staircase, clad in warm grey concrete, carves through the red serpentine form and guides visitors to the upper level. A roof-top observation deck with a planted garden will provide stunning views of the lake and near-by Italian pavilion.

The concept behind the design was to incorporate many aspects of Chinese life into the project. The pavilion is a dynamic structure that represents the growth and endurance of the Chinese people. It is a complete fusion of internal and external space, which allows for an unexpected encounter between the pavilion and its surrounding public space.

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Mezzanine Floor Plan

The pavilion is clad in more than 4,000 red metalized tiles that Libeskind designed with the Italian company Casalgrande Padana. The geometric ceramic panels not only create an expressive pattern that is evocative of a dragon-like skin, but also possess highly sustainable self-cleaning and air purification properties. The three-dimensional surface is coated with a metallic coloration that changes as light and viewpoints shift. At times it will appear as deep crimson, then a dazzling gold, and even, at certain angles, a brilliant white. The tiles are installed with a state-of-the-art cladding support system that gives a rhythmic pattern and mathematical form to an otherwise supple, torquing shape. Two spiraling stairs, echoing the form, ascend the pavilion to the south, and to the north from the Lake Arena entrance, serving both as circulation and seating.

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Inside the pavilion, visitors encounter an exhibition space filled with a constellation of 200 screens mounted to a matrix of bamboo scaffolding. The forest of screens and bamboo floats above a winding reflecting pool that borders the visitor pathway. As visitors move through the space, a ten-minute narrative experience unfolds across the screens and over 22 channels of audio. With each step and every turn of the head, the space and story appears anew: it is rich and layered; it is at once fragmented and simultaneously reads as an enthralling, shattered whole.

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Ground Floor Plan

The narrative vacillates between chaos and calm. The frenzy of life in the city is starkly juxtaposed with the extreme slow motion of a communal meal, first in its preparation and then in its consumption. The message—about the power and possibility to forge connections and build community through food—is meant to be understood more viscerally than intellectually.

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“The Vanke Pavilion exhibition was the result of many symbiotic forces: between architecture and exhibit design, exhibit design and media production, artists and patrons. The result is a rare creation indeed: a large-scale, extraordinarily complex experience that feels as if it were drawn by one hand,” said Alex Vlack, director of the media.

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The top level of the pavilion provides a private space to accommodate small events and host VIPs. The intimate room features an open layout, a large skylight that ushers in natural daylight, Casalgrande Padana tiled flooring, bamboo veneer wall coverings and a dramatic hand-blown glass chandelier designed by Libeskind for the Czech artisanal glass company Lasvit.

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Address:Ingresso EXpo, Via Giorgio Stephenson, 107, 20157 Milano, Italy

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Cite: "Vanke Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Studio Libeskind" 07 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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