Malaysia’s theme of participation is designed, by Hijjas Kasturi Associates, to harmonize with the efforts of Expo Milano 2015 in addressing the complex and universal question of food, from an historical, cultural, anthropological, medical, technical, scientific, economic and ecological perspective.
In its 2,047 square-meter pavilion, which is both traditional and innovative in design, it illustrates, from seed to table, the National Key Economic Area Agriculture system, the program that is transforming agriculture on a small scale in a key area of the country’s economic development.
The experience of Malaysia as one of the 17 mega-diverse areas of the world, with its rich cultural heritage and high quality halal food, is made available to all visitors in perfect equilibrium with the aims of Expo Milano 2015.
As a participant it aims to demonstrate that high-value, sustainable agriculture can alleviate poverty, promote private investment and address the ecological issues related to food production. Science, innovation, food, culture and cooperation are all themes that come together during a visit to the Malaysian pavilion, complete with graphic and interactive materials and multimedia. A Café and restaurant complete the visit.
The design of the pavilion
The pavilion will be spread over 2,047 square metres, takes the shape of four seeds. The curves of the design and the weaving patterns on the structure reflect the versatility and dynamism of the nation.
The Malaysia Pavilion design drew inspiration from the humble rainforest seed. The seed, a symbol of growth, signifies a beginning of a journey, and the potential within.
The architectural design incorporates green and sustainable features in line with the sustainability theme of the Expo. The external structure of the seeds are constructed with “Glulam” or glued laminated timber, an innovative structural timber made of local sustainable material.
The choice of Glulam, combined with the structurally complex form of Malaysia Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is a deliberate effort to showcase Malaysia’s capabilities in both design and innovative materials.
The Malaysia Pavilion reflects Malaysia’s continuous journey to develop and mature into a nation that is underpinned by a system that drives the cycle of life, promotes sustainability and responsible utilization and consumption of natural resources. Source by Expo 2015.