The first Chinese national Pavilion located outside China at Expo Milano 2015 was conceived as a field of experiences with cultural programmes for the public to enjoy.
May 22nd, 2015
In 2013, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) invited the research driven Tsinghua University to partake in a competition to design China's Expo Pavilion. As an associate professor at the University, Yichen Lu and his New York based office, Studio Link-Arc, was invited to lead the architectural design.
The teams selected a palette of organic materials, such as wheat straw, bamboo and wood to create a welcoming and light-hearted space, where visitors can comfortably explore content revolving Chinese culture. Materials used are also renewable, adhering to the Expo's theme of sustainable agriculture.
A wheat field forms the base of the Pavilion as the 'Land of Hope,' epitomising China's agrarian history. Embracing advanced engineering and traditional techniques, the roof's lengthy 36 metres span was created using modern technology, while the Pavilion's timber skeleton reference a "raised beam system" found in traditional Chinese architecture. Made of 266 cubic metres of glulam timber, the structure weighs over 120,000 kilograms.
The roof, shaded with shingled panels is reminiscent of traditional Chinese pottery roof construction. Reinterpreted as bamboo leaves that further enhance the space, the panels were constructed using 1052 bamboo roof panels, fabricated using 85 kilometres of bamboo strips – a fast growing material synonymous with Chinese culture. Designed as layered screens, they add texture, depth and create natural lighting patterns indoors.link-arc.com Tsinghua University tsinghua.edu.cn
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