FUTURE CAPE TOWN | Photo Essay : A journey around the world Inside Expo 2015

“There is a place where the world is getting ready to meet the world”


A photo gallery inside the Expo Milano 2015 exhibition site,  where participating countries have had the opportunity to build their own pavilions, exhibiting their interpretation of the theme: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

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The Expo 2015 Milan is the biggest event on food and nutrition ever hosted. Italy is hosting the event from May 1st to October 31st. The Expo is taking place in an area of 1.1 million square meters with 140 countries and International Organizations.The main goal is to become an ideal platform for every country that is participating, a place for debate, new proposals and a way to find practical solutions to guarantee healthy food that respects the environment. Every participating country has been charged with questioning and offering solutions to the major challenges related to the future of food.


Palazzo Italia draws on the concept of an “urban forest” with the branched outer envelope designed by Nemesi. For the design of this “skin” Nemesi has created a unique and original geometric texture that evokes the intertwining random branches. The pavilion is innovative, unusual, surprising, unique, and constantly interacts with its surrounding environment. It is the destination for many entrepreneurs and researchers, capable of reviving the concepts of Italian excellence, know-how and Made ​​in Italy.



Inside Italian Pavillion. Showcasing the native products


China’s pavilion named Land of Hope, the pavilion was designed by New York-based Studio Link-Arc and a team from Tsinghua University in Beijing. The aim was to create a building that embodies both Chinese traditions and modern technologies.


Raised planters filled with a variety of yellow flowers mark the pavilion’s entrance. As visitors approach, the ground slopes down, but once they have entered it gradually begins to ramp back up again.


Inside China’s Pavilion


Poland’s Pavilion project was created by studio 2PM, belonging to the up-and-coming Polish architect Piotr Musiałowski. The Pavilion is a simple, rectangular solid whose external look is outlined by wooden boxes. As for the building, it is treated as a large-scale box (or casket) in its entirety, hiding valuable “gems” within its interior spaces. The openwork structure refers to the ecological and simple form of apple box.


France’s Expo pavilion is shaped by a curved wooden lattice structure designed by XTU Architects to become a trellis for growing vegetables, herbs and hops uppermost level houses a restaurant, expected to serve vegetables grown on site using hydroponic processes and aromatic herbs planted on the terrace.  Its communication is based on four pillars: contributing to global food production, through the potential of France’s productive infrastructure; developing new food models, to address the need for better production; improving self-sufficiency in developing countries, with a policy of skills and technology transfer; and aligning quantity with quality in all areas, be they health-based, nutritional or culinary.


Sealing France’s Pavilion


Morocco’s Pavilion  designed by  Tarik Oualalou, Linna Choi is built around sensorial discovery, food and gastronomy, and represents all the diversity of the Country, showing the richness of its food and Visitors can discover the architectural expression of a trip through Morocco, with all the variety of its “terroirs”, its agronomical features and the different cultural traditions from one region to another.



Under the theme “The Fields of Tomorrow” the pavilion is designed by architect David Knafo, has a “vertical garden”: a wall of 70 meters long and 12 meters high, fully decorated with living plants, whose flowers and colors will change with the passing of the seasons. It a spectacle of strong visual impact that allows the country to free itself from the image of an arid land.



Brazil’s participation at the Expo is based on three key points: technological, underscoring its development and reliability as a potential technology partner that is both innovative and efficient; cultural, highlighting its plurality through a range of typical products, and social, guaranteeing global, healthy food that is accessible to all. A climbing frame meets bouncy castle inside Brazil’s Expo pavilion, where Studio Arthur Casas and Atelier Marko Brajović have suspended a huge rope canopy over a garden.



British pavilion designed by Buttress with engineer Tristan Simmonds was one of the first structures on the site to complete. Called The Hive, Buttress’ design is themed around the lifecycle of a bee and the contribution of bees to the planet’s health. Its centrepiece is a cube with a honeycomb structure made from 169,300 aluminium and steel pieces. A globe-shaped hollow in the middle includes a glass platform so visitors can walk inside.



Under the theme ‘Food for Thought – Shaping and Sharing the Future’ UAE Pavilion explores the very real challenges that arise in feeding the planet, particularly in the interwoven topics of land, food, energy and water. It also highlights some of the innovative solutions that the UAE has developed in these areas. Designed by Foster + Partners, the striking form of the UAE Pavilion is created by a series of tall rippled walls. These impressive 12-metre structures evoke both the narrow self-shaded streets of the UAE’s historic settlements and the magnificent open sand dunes of its deserts.



Curated by Davide Rampello and designed by Michele de Lucchi, Pavilion Zero provides an introduction to the Expo Milano 2015 Site. Pavilion Zero takes the visitor on a captivating journey to explore how much humankind has produced, the transformation of natural landscape, and the culture and rituals of food consumption.


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