first look inside the japan pavilion at expo milan 2015 first look inside the japan pavilion at expo milan 2015
apr 30, 2015

first look inside the japan pavilion at expo milan 2015

first look inside the japan pavilion at expo milan 2015
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ahead of the opening of expo milano 2015, designboom visited the vast site to go behind the scenes of the japanese pavilion. responding to the overall theme of ‘feeding the planet, energy for life’, japan joins expo milano 2015 with the aim of proposing its food culture as an example of a healthy, sustainable and balanced diet. in addition, the country also sees the event as an opportunity to promote its image following the devastating 2011 earthquake, encouraging tourism and business opportunities. designed by architect atsushi kitagawara, the pavilion contains installations by high profile japanese creatives nendo and teamlab.

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sake barrels are set up in front of the pavilion
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the pavilion fuses traditional culture with advanced technology, employing a compressive strain method in which joints consist only of carved wood, without metal couplers. the use of timber as a renewable resource also connects the scheme to issues of forest maintenance and protection. the three-dimensional wooden grid symbolizes the origin of japan’s seasonal variation – envisioned as a ‘bowl of diversity’.

japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
signage marking the entrance to the temporary building
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under the theme of ‘harmonious diversity’, creative studio teamlab showcases two art exhibits within the pavilion. the interactive installations are spread across two rooms, comprising an immersive projection space that requires the visitor to wade through a technological expanse, to a digital waterfall of information, relaying descriptive knowledge about japanese food.

japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
the design employs a compressive strain method in which joints consist only of carved wood
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as part of the pavilion, japanese studio nendo has designed a sloping dining table accompanied with a set of matching chairs. the 24 seats align themselves with the height of the table, which ascends gradually so that items placed on its surface do not move. the individual pieces of cutlery and tableware have also been designed by nendo.

japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
the ramped entrance leads inside the pavilion’s upper level
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
a shaded area at ground floor level
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
the use of timber is continued throughout the scheme
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
the pavilion’s upper level contains public dining facilities
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
an immersive projection space by teamlab requires the visitor to wade through a technological expanse
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
a digital waterfall of information, also by teamlab, relays knowledge about japanese food
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
nendo has designed a sloping dining table accompanied with a set of 24 matching chairs
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
the furniture presents guests with a puzzling optical illusion
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
japan’s food culture is shown as an example of a healthy, sustainable and balanced diet
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
a miniature japanese food market
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
brightly colored sake barrels are set up outside the entrance
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japan pavilion expo milan 2015 atsushi kitagawara teamlab nendo designboom
the pavilion’s distinctive timber façade
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  • Very good article. Thanks.
    The project has been a good example of collaborative effort of multiple parties of which the great Atsushi Kitagawara was the architectural producer. The project was developed by Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, Ove Arup & partners Japan, Arup Italia, IParch, STAIN Engineering, with prof. Marco Imperadori as adviser for technological innovation.

    marco says:

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