‘vanke pavilion’ by daniel libeskind for the 2015 world expo milanimage © milan expo 2015



it has recently been announced that acclaimed architect daniel libeskind will be designing the ‘vanke pavilion’ for the 2015 world expo in milan,the first pavilion solely by a corporate participant in the history of the expo. with an initial investment of 3 million euros, the leading chinesereal estate company china vanke co. ltd will recreate a traditional shitang concept space, an urban typology used throughout china’s history thatoffers a shared communal area and has reappeared in contemporary architecture in various forms.  it also aims to accomplish five strategic points:first, to bring a million chinese visitors to italy for the expo; second and third, to strengthen ties between china and italy and promote business and economic exchange; fourth and fifth include the promotion of the expo using the vanke company as a mediating platform between italianand chinese cultures.


giuseppe sala, ceo of expo 2015 states:

‘china confirms to be a very relevant country for expo milano 2015 and signing today with china vanke co. ltd shows how chinese companies are ready to seize the many opportunities offered by the italian universal exhibition. we are particularly excited about the project of this great company, that has deeply understood the values of expo, the importance of sharing its country own traditions and the even emotional involvement of visitors.’