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China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015

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

Design: Tsinghua University and Studio Link-Arc

Location: Milan, Lombardy, Italy

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

China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015
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21 Apr 2015

China Pavilion Expo 2015 News

April 21, 2015, NEW YORK, NY – The China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015 – which opens 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.

While many of the 140 countries participating in the event went for bold, heavy structures meant to impress, the designers of the China Pavilion in Milan 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.

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.

Yichen Lu (Expo 2015 Self-built pavilions – China):
Film on YouTube
Published on 8 Apr 2015, ‘Land of Hope, Food for Life’

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.

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.

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.

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. Before founding Studio Link-Arc, he worked with Gehry Partners, Steven Holl, and Morphosis.

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Location: Milan, Lombardy, northern Italy

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