daniel libeskind explains his design for the vanke pavilion at expo 2015 daniel libeskind explains his design for the vanke pavilion at expo 2015
may 05, 2015

daniel libeskind explains his design for the vanke pavilion at expo 2015

daniel libeskind explains his design for the vanke pavilion at expo 2015
image © designboom

 

 

 

designed by renowned architect daniel libeskind, the corporate pavilion for vanke china seeks to explore key issues related to the theme of milan’s expo 2015 – ‘feeding the planet, energy for life’. the concept for the temporary pavilion incorporates three ideas drawn from chinese culture related to food: the shi-tang, a traditional chinese dining hall; the landscape, the fundamental element to life; and the dragon, which is metaphorically related to farming and sustenance. to understand more about the design, designboom spoke with daniel libeskind, who talked in more detail about his approach to the project.

 

 


daniel libeskind on his design for the vanke paivlion at expo 2015
video © designboom

 

 

 

situated on the southeast edge of the lake arena, the 800-square meter pavilion appears to rise from the east, forming a dynamic, vertical landscape. the design features a sinuous geometrical pattern that flows between inside and out, while a grand staircase – clad in warm grey concrete – carves through the red serpentine form and guides visitors to the upper level. a roof-top observation deck with a planted garden provides views of the lake and nearby italian pavilion.

vanke pavilion expo milan 2015 daniel libeskind interview designboom
the pavilion is situated on the southeast edge of the lake arena
image © designboom

 

 

 

the pavilion is clad with more than 4,000 red metalized tiles that libeskind designed with the italian company casalgrande padana. the geometric ceramic panels not only create an expressive pattern that is evocative of a dragon-like skin, but also possess highly sustainable self-cleaning and air purification properties. the three-dimensional surface is coated with a metallic coloration that changes as light and viewpoints shift.

vanke pavilion expo milan 2015 daniel libeskind interview designboom
the 800-square meter structure appears to rise from the east, forming a dynamic landscape
image © designboom

 

 

 

the tiles are installed with a state-of-the-art cladding support system that gives a rhythmic pattern and mathematical form to an otherwise supple, torquing shape. two spiraling stairs, echoing the form, ascend the pavilion to the south, and to the north from the lake arena entrance, serving both as circulation and seating.

vanke pavilion expo milan 2015 daniel libeskind interview designboom
the design features a sinuous geometrical pattern that flows between inside and out
image © designboom

 

 

 

inside the pavilion, visitors encounter an exhibition space filled with a constellation of 200 screens mounted to a matrix of bamboo scaffolding. the forest of screens and bamboo floats above a winding reflecting pool that borders the visitor pathway. as visitors move through the space, a ten-minute narrative experience unfolds across the screens and over 22 channels of audio.

vanke pavilion expo milan 2015 daniel libeskind interview designboom
the pavilion is clad in more than 4,000 red metalized tiles
image © designboom

 

 

 

the frenzy of life in the city is starkly juxtaposed with the extreme slow motion of a communal meal, first in its preparation and then in its consumption. in this way, the message—about the power and possibility to forge connections and build community through food—is meant to be understood more viscerally than intellectually.

vanke pavilion expo milan 2015 daniel libeskind interview designboom
inside the pavilion, visitors encounter an exhibition space filled with a constellation of 200 screens
image © designboom

 

 

 

the top level of the pavilion provides a private space to accommodate small events and host VIPs. the intimate room features an open layout, a large skylight that ushers in natural daylight, casalgrande padana tiled flooring, bamboo veneer wall coverings and a dramatic hand-blown glass chandelier designed by libeskind for the czech artisanal glass company lasvit. the interior exhibition design is led by ralph appelbaum associates with graphic design by han jiaying.

vanke pavilion expo milan 2015 daniel libeskind interview designboom
the monitors are mounted to a matrix of bamboo scaffolding
image © designboom

 

 

 

‘as the rapid growth of cities forces populations to live in closer proximity and the risk of social disintegration rises, we commissioned this pavilion to address both metaphorically and physically the issues of contemporary life related to the theme of the expo,’ said wang shi, chairman of china vanke. ‘the tradition of food in chinese culture has many strong associations, from the concept of the shi-tang (dining hall) to the form of the dragon, which is mythically derived from the history of agriculture in china. through these concepts we aim to represent vanke’s goals on a global scale: the possibility to create vibrant, healthy communities in a sustainable and innovative environment,’ added chairman wang.

vanke pavilion expo milan 2015 daniel libeskind interview designboom
the rear of the shell-like structure
image © designboom

vanke pavilion expo milan 2015 daniel libeskind interview designboom
a roof-top observation deck provides views of the lake and nearby italian pavilion
image © designboom

vanke pavilion expo milan 2015 daniel libeskind interview designboom
a grand staircase – clad in warm grey concrete – carves through the red serpentine form
image © designboom

vanke pavilion expo milan 2015 daniel libeskind interview designboom
portrait of daniel libeskind outside the vanke pavilion
image © designboom

 

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    architecture news