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EXPO 2015: The Chinese Pavilion

Design and Trends, Architecture
  • 18 February 2015

The Chinese Pavilion at Expo2015 is a commitment of China to respect the environment in the field of agricultural production. Here are all the surprises in this show!

1) Presentation of the Chinese Pavilion

Presentation

The theme of the Chinese pavilion is “Land of hope, food for life.” The theme of this issue is the desire for balance between man and environment: as the farmer takes care of the earth, than all of us must do the same. China, second largest world economy, has chosen a theme that gives hope for a better future.

pavillon de la chine ©Tsinghua University and Studio Link-Arc

The pavilion demonstrates the Chinese cultural tradition and the progresses made in agriculture, but also a rational use of resources in order to ensure everyone sufficient, good quality and healthy food.
Three topics are presented:
The gift of nature“: illustration of the agricultural harvest according to the Chinese calendar;
Food for life”: the path of food production (eg tofu), the culture of tea or even the presentation of famous schools of Chinese cuisine.
“Technology and Future”: the latest results of scientific progress as the hybrid rice, the techniques of product traceability, recycling in agriculture etc ..
On LCD screens visitors will be virtually  allowed to explore the pavilion.
Among the materials used for construction there are rice and bamboo. The roof is made of bamboo, and it allows light to filter in a natural way and to reduce energy consumption.

pavillon de la chine expo2015 ©Tsinghua University and Studio Link-Arc

The design

The Chinese pavilion covers an area of 4590 square meters, and is one of the largest pavilions of Expo 2015. The pavilion was designed by Tsinghua University, the Link- Arc-Tsinghua study and Beijing Institute Qingshang Environmental & Architectural Design.

The goals

The Chinese Pavilion will acquaint visitors with the agricultural policy of China, its history and innovations for the future.

pavillon ©Tsinghua University and Studio Link-Arc

The different spaces

The different areas of the exposure are titled: “Heaven,” “Earth,” “Man” and “Harmony.”
Agriculture, food, environment, nature and sustainable development are the main themes of Chinese participation in Expo2015.
The tour begins in the “Heaven” area (presentation of the Chinese calendar and its influence on agriculture of the country), then it moves to the area “Man” (a journey through China and sixteen typical elements of its tradition), then to the area “Earth” (Chinese landscapes), and finally to the zone “Harmony” (the heart of the Chinese pavilion, this area will send a message of balance between man and nature).

pavillon chine ©Tsinghua University and Studio Link-Arc

2) Inspiration

Natural landscape, urban decor, Chinese architecture and technology are mixed in this exhibition space.

pavillon de la chine expo2015 ©Tsinghua University and Studio Link-Arc

3) China, Food and Agriculture in figures

In China there are about 300 million farmers
1 of 2 pork, 1 to 2 chickens, 1 tomato on 4 in the world are Chinese.
In 1990, 1 out of 5 Chinese was malnourished. Even today there are food problems in China: the current ratio is 1 of 8 Chinese.

Note : This pavilion was built by Tsinghua University and the study Link-Arc avec Yichen Lu (chief architect); Alban Denic, Mario Bastianelli, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Zachary Grzybowski, Shuning Fan, Elvira Hoxha, Aymar Mariño-Maza, Dongyul Hyunjoo Kim and Lee (Study Link-Arc); F & M Engineering (architecture and engineering); Simpson Gumpertz and Heger (engineering structure); ATLV and Elite Facade Consultants; Beijing Qingshang Environmental Art & Architectural Design (MEP engineer); in collaboration with Yue Zhang, Dan Su, Yi Du (direction and coordination of the design); Danqing Yanyang Shi and Zhou (exhibition design); Xiaosheng Cui (landscape design); Jiansong Wang (interior architecture); Danqing Shi and Feng Xian (installation design); Yi Du (light design); and Gu Xin (visual identity).

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