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Thursday, June 5, 2014

French Pavillion at Milan Expo 2015

By Beverly Pereira
Photography: Courtesy the architects


French Pavilion by XTU Architects at the Milan Expo 2015
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A market, restaurant and exhibition centre housed under a ‘living’ landscaped roof seeks to start a food revolution

Paris-based XTU Architects have conceptualized the French pavilion that blurs the boundaries of a traditional market place and centre for agricultural production. In response to the theme of Expo Milan 2015, ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’, the team believes that the proposed pavilion will direct thought towards changed production and consumption habits.


French Pavilion by XTU Architects at the Milan Expo 2015
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XTU Architects will build a temporary 3,500 sq.mt. structure for the six-month-long exposition. Divided into three zones – a ground-level food exhibition, a terrace for food consumption and facade and roof for food production - the project aims to become an agricultural hub for production and on-the-spot consumption.


French Pavilion by XTU Architects at the Milan Expo 2015
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French Pavilion by XTU Architects at the Milan Expo 2015
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The entire structure, including floor and facade will be crafted from locally sourced wood, while innovative and free-form architectural style created using latticed layers of timber wood will form the structure’s interior and exterior, bringing in light and fresh air.

French Pavilion by XTU Architects at the Milan Expo 2015
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The vaulted ceiling is a result of the structure’s exposed wooden exterior. Plants and crops that grow on the roof and façade will creep through the gaps, lending the landscaped ceiling elements of the French countryside’s fertile rolling hills.

French Pavilion by XTU Architects at the Milan Expo 2015
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An exhibition on the ground level will focus on France’s food production techniques, while the upper-level restaurant will serve vegetables grown on site using hydroponic processes, along with aromatic herbs grown on the terrace.

French Pavilion by XTU Architects at the Milan Expo 2015
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Slated to be ready by May 2015 ahead of Milan Expo, visitors will also be treated to a harvest celebration of crops, vegetables and herbs once the exposition culminates. Lightweight construction methods ensure that the structure will be reused after the event. 

French Pavilion by XTU Architects at the Milan Expo 2015


French Pavilion by XTU Architects at the Milan Expo 2015
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Taking into account that there will be an estimated nine billion people on earth by the end of 2050, this project seeks to find a solution for self-sufficiency that the architects hope will influence the future of the planet. 

1 comment :

  1. Ted J St Germain DesignerOctober 1, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Im always confused why designers run these parametric scripts to generate unique and interesting forms and then just cut them out of a box... why is it always a BOX there is nothing visually restricting the sides or top of this from which just makes the space read as an unimaginative box which I feel is not what the designer was going for with this process.

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