Russian architect unveils design of Russia’s pavilion for Expo Milano 2015

Sergei Choban’s team’s glass and wood building ‘embodies continuous movement’

Sergei Choban, one of Russia’s best-known architects, has unveiled the concept for Russia’s pavilion for Expo Milano 2015 at a ceremony in Moscow.

The group of architects led by Choban (the group included also Alexei Ilin and Marina Kuznetskaya) was given the task not only of creating an impressive project to represent Russia at the world’s biggest exhibition, to be held from May 1 to October 31, 2015 in Milan, but also of reflecting the theme of the event – “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”

According to the designers, the pavilion “embodies continuous movement.” The building, a 3,200-square-meter rhomboid, will be made from glass and wood.

A 30-meter-long canopy above the entrance, soaring aloft like a huge wave, should be a memorable and eye-catching element in the overall exhibition. From the front, it will be faced with polished stainless steel, turning it into a giant mirror. On top, the roof of the pavilion will feature a hanging garden with a café and seating areas.

The design of the interior space of the pavilion will be developed by Choban’s architectural bureau SPEECH together with architect and artist Yury Avvakumov, whose work can be found in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

According to Choban, the project paid homage to the Russian pavilions erected at previous international exhibitions in different eras by the legendary architects Konstantin Melnikov, Boris Iofan, Mikhail Posokhin and others.


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