A true piece of France, placed upside down and made entirely of dismountable and reusable wood. This pavilion of 3,600 square meters, that France will present as part of the theme “Producing and nurturing in another way”, show-cases its agriculture, fishing and agri-food industries.
The Pavilion, which foresees a public investment of 20 million euro, has a simple structure, built entirely from wood from the Jura and with a spectacular form and technology. The result is one of clean lines and invisible assemblage.
The architectural design is a tribute to the distinctive Parisian Halles, a place of exchange but also of production, a metaphor for a physical, social and cultural territory and a place where new visions on food and nutrition can find fertile ground.
The spirit of low-tech, which inspired the X-Tu Architectural team, is reflected also in the choice of short supply chains such as the use of local wood, as well as the natural ventilation system in the Pavilion and its low power consumption.
The visitor will be accompanied through a garden that will embody the diversity and richness of the various regions. Within the vaulted halls of the market, herbs, vegetable and hops will take over the wooden lattice structure.
On the ground floor, visitors will walk through a living exhibition of France’s food production, before heading upstairs to a terraced restaurant that serves the pavilion’s fresh produce.
Location: Milan, Italy
Project Leader: Mathias Lukacs
Collaborating Architect: Atelien Architecture
Companies: C.M.C di Ravenna, Simonin
Scenographer: STUDIO ADELINE RISPAL
Lighting Designer: LICHT KUNST LICHT
Research Office: OASIIS, Grontmij
Landscape Gardener: BASE
Graphic Designer: Chevalvert
Cultural Engineering: Lordculture
Cost: 14 m€
Area: 3286.0 sqm
Award: First Prize French Pavilion Competition