Construction starts on barn-inspired USA Pavilion at Milan Expo by Biber Architects
Construction has begun on the USA Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, a six-month event that commences on 1 May next year. In line with the overarching theme of the Expo (Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life), the Biber Architects-designed pavilion has been entitled American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet, and explores the role that the USA plays in the global food network.
US Secretary of State John Kerry explains: “The Milan World Expo of 2015 is a chance for us to share with the world the work that American scientists, chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers and fisherman all continue to do day in and day out and hopefully help people to understand the ways in which we can make progress in the future.”
Visitors - expected to number more than 20 million over the course of the Expo - will enter the pavilion through a set of aeroplane hangar-style doors that lead to a boardwalk constructed using recycled lumber from boardwalks in America. This platform swoops upwards to the second floor where it meets the exhibition venue. Above this is a rooftop terrace with a dimmable glass shade and energy generating panels, providing a space for evening events and entertainment of VIP guests.
James Biber, Founder and Principal of Biber Architects, sees the pavilion as ‘a scaffolding for ideas, a rethinking of the nature of the expo pavilion and of America as a force in the food world’. As such, the team has incorporated a series of rotating food trucks to demonstrate the street food culture of America and created a vertical farm which runs the entire length of the pavilion.
This hydroponic façade will be harvestable, with the crops set in panels that move in relation to the changing position of the sun throughout the day. A rainwater irrigation system feeds the planted façade which will be brought to life throughout the duration of the Expo through artistic interventions such as interactive exhibits and a ‘harvest ballet’.