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China Pavilion Expo 2015 in Milan

Pavilion, Italian Building Show – design by Tsinghua University and Studio Link-Arc

4 May 2015

China Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015

Design: Tsinghua University and Studio Link-Arc

Location: Milan, Lombardy, north west Italy

China’s first National Pavilion outside of China is the design world’s most anticipated at Expo Milano 2015

The China Pavilion Expo 2015 in Milan – which opened on May 1 – is drawing worldwide appreciation for its design. The Pavilion creates a serene, organic setting for visitors to explore Chinese culture. This is China’s first national expo pavilion outside the country’s borders.

China Pavilion Expo 2015

While many of the 140 countries participating in the event went for bold, heavy structures meant to impress, the designers of the China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015 chose a different path. “We intentionally didn’t design an attention-getting form. Instead, we highlighted the experience and quality of the space. For us, this is the most important part of the building,” said architect Yichen Lu, associate professor at Tsinghua University and principal of New York City-based architecture firm Studio Link-Arc.

China Pavilion Expo 2015

Visitors enter the pavilion by descending into a planted field, which immerses them in a landscape removed from the bustling fairgrounds. This landscape is sheltered by a floating timber roof and integrates the China Pavilion seamlessly with its environment. The building’s materials are renewable, including a timber structure, bamboo roof panels, and wheat straw. The pavilion’s iconic roof reflects its theme, “the Land of Hope.” The designers created the roofline by merging the profile of a city skyline with the silhouette of a rolling landscape. It is an expression of hope that cities and nature can co-exist in harmony.

China Pavilion Expo 2015

The Pavilion’s design references traditional Chinese architecture but is built using advanced engineering and construction techniques. The large, airy interior public spaces are filled with sunlight. They contain a series of interactive exhibits, including a large video installation that uses thousands of LED lights to depict images of China.

China Pavilion Expo 2015

Expo Milano 2015 opens on May 1 and runs through October 31. Its theme is sustainable agriculture. The event will showcase environmentally-friendly agricultural technology and culinary delights from around the world.

The pavilion was designed by Tsinghua University and Studio Link-Arc for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

Tsinghua University is a comprehensive research university in Beijing. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Tsinghua has been the national center for training engineers and scientists. The university has more than 25,900 students.

China Pavilion Expo 2015

Studio Link-Arc is a New York City-based architecture firm making its first entry on the world stage. The firm’s principal, Yichen Lu, is a graduate of Yale University.

China Pavilion Expo 2015

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Location: Milan, Lombardy, northern Italy

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