Companies combine for Chinese Expo 2015 pavilion

Design includes a field of crops and a wave-like roof overhead

NEWS, Design, Architects, Expo 2015, Pavilion, Studio Link-Arc, Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University and a team from New York firm Studio Link-Arc have joined forces to create a competition-winning design for a pavilion to represent China at the World Expo 2015 in Milan.

Tsinghua University, collaborated with Studio Link-Arc, which is led by Chinese architects Yichen Lu and Qinwen Cai, and Virginia native Kenneth Namkung, to develop its vision for “a cloud hovering over a land of hope”. The design includes a field of crops and a wave-like roof overhead.

The architects plan to use large bamboo panels to create a series of shingles across the roof, reminiscent of the terracotta tiles used in traditional Chinese constructions, before fixing them onto arching wooden frames.

"The pavilion's floating roof is designed as a timber structure that references the 'raised-beam' system found in traditional Chinese architecture, but is adapted to accommodate modern construction technology," said the architects.

Beneath the roof, a field of wheat designed to reflect China's agrarian past will merge into an interactive installation where LED lights are hooked up to electronic stalks.

This will lead to a series of exhibitions and cultural programmes around a sheltered plaza. A staircase will allow visitors to access rooftop viewing platforms, offering aerial views of both the field and the pavilion's surroundings.

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