More than 140 countries are participating and over 20 million visitors are expected to explore the Milan Expo theme of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. The Vanke Pavilion has an area of 1,000 square metres and is located just north of the main Expo axis, near the Lake Arena and Piazza Italia.
The Pavilion was designed by architects Studio Daniel Libeskind for the Chinese residential real estate giant, Vanke, and Ramboll teams from Italy and the UK teamed together to work on this ambitious structure.
The visually striking pavilion provided many challenges for Ramboll’s Computational Design (RCD) team; the core challenge being to deliver a structural solution that simplified the construction process without compromising the design of the uniquely shaped building. With an almost cork-screw like shape and a façade composed of hundreds of ceramic tiles, the project had the potential to be both high-cost and lengthy. By digitally rationalising the façade surface, the complex pattern has been optimised to enable it to be realised from identically sized tiles.
After the six month long Expo Milan the pavilion will be dismantled and rebuilt in China, again echoing the sustainability theme of the Italian exposition.
The official opening ceremony is scheduled for 12:00 May 1, you can watch the ceremony live here