Vilniaus architekturos studija reveals competition entry for Lithuania Pavilion
The competition project for the Lithuanian pavilion at the EXPO Milano 2015 has been designed by Vilniaus architekturos studija to express the Lithuanian approach to the EXPO theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. The concept idea of the Lithuanian pavilion - Growing Lithuania - is to describe the different components of its society through the evolution process started from a modest agricultural past and landed in a high-tech present and future.
The renovation of Lithuanian society brought the country to develop and enlarge the food biotechnologies industry and become a world leader in the production and innovation in laser technologies. Representing past and future together not only in the exhibition elements but also in the building shape and morphology has given a strong identity to the entire site.
The exhibition starts even before visitors enter the pavilion: the vegetables garden shows the main elements of the Lithuanian traditional alimentation. A fresh and shaded square at ground floor is the starting and ending point of the entire pavilion experience: a relaxing point to share knowledge and taste the dishes on offer. In a one way route, it is possible to find at the exhibition main halls on the first floor focusing on the future of Lithuanian growth.
A central circular element works as a vertical distributor bringing the visitor to the upper terrace which offers a special view of the entire EXPO; it can also provide access to the multifunctional space or to the restaurant and shop at ground floor level. All of the administrative functions are located in the back of the ground floor, directly connected with all the pavilion 'hot spots'.
Considering the importance of a temporary building such as this to be swiftly constructed and removable, the structure has been designed entirely in wood in a ‘screws and bolts’ building site so to shorten to the minimum the time required.