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Biber Architects repurposes Hurricane Sandy-ravaged boardwalks for USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015
This summer, the USA Pavilion broke ground at Expo Milano 2015, an approximately 42,000 sq ft structure designed by New York-based firm Biber Architects.
One of the central elements of the project is an expansive walkway that will stretch from one end of the pavilion to the other, rising from the ground level to the second floor, and serving as the main circulation space and concealing a defined exhibition space below. Its design is not only a tip of the hat to that iconic summertime host of American food culture - the boardwalk - but also an environmental statement that speaks to the ethos of this year's exposition.
Biber Architects tapped Sawkill Lumber Company to supply the wood for the walkway, specifying 10,000 sq ft of reclaimed lumber from the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged boardwalks of Coney Island and Rockaway Beach.
The walkway aims to give a ‘third life' to the boardwalks,