Designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind the company pavilion for Vanke China tries to explore the key issues related to the theme of the Milan Expo 2015, "feeding the planet, energy for life".
The concept of temporary pavilion incorporates three ideas from Chinese culture related to food: the shi-tang, a dining Chinese; the scenery, the key to life; and the dragon, which is metaphorically linked to agriculture and livelihoods.
Located on the east edge of the lake, the pavilion 800 square meters seems to rise from the east, forming a vertical landscape dynamic. The design features a geometric pattern sinuous flowing between inside and outside, while a large-scale, covered in warm gray concrete, guides visitors to the top level. A rooftop terrace with a garden offers views of the nearby lake.
The pavilion is covered with more than 4.000 weave metallic red that Libeskind has designed with the Italian company Casalgrande Padana. The ceramic panels not only create a pattern of expression that looks like a dragon skin, but are highly self-cleaning. The three-dimensional surface is coated with a metallic color that changes depending on your point of view.
Inside the pavilion, visitors encounter an exhibition space with 200 screens mounted on an array of bamboo.