French Pavilion for Milan Expo Designed to Grow Fresh Food

For the upcoming Expo Milan 2015, the country of France envisioned their pavilion as a covered market. A competition was held to design the space with the winning entry coming from X-TU architects. They centered the 3,600 square meter building around the concept of “producing and nurturing in another way,” which relates to the Expo's tagline of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” We've previously seen that China's pavilion for the event resembles waves of wheat. France too has an imaginative design that instead utilizes a light-weight lattice structure whose construction methods ensure that it can be disassembled and reused after the exposition.

The ground floor is a hub of activity where a range of herbs, vegetables, and hops are planted throughout the fertile marketplace; it plays on the idea of production and caring for all that pass through. Attendees can dine upstairs at a terraced restaurant that harvests and serves the pavilion's fresh produce. Additionally, there is a small boutique that offers a variety of French food, along with a demonstration zone for a hands-on approach to the country's signature style of cooking.

The project seeks to find a solution for self-sufficiency, taking into account that there will be an estimated 9 billion people living on earth by 2050. There's a need for additional production methods that foster better nourishment. The pavilion's design is seen as a metaphor for a physical place where new perspectives on food and nutrition can grow and ultimately influence the world for the better.





X-TU website and Milan Expo 2015 website
via [designboom and ArchDaily]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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