Shitang and Dragon scales for Vanke Pavilion
The pavilion, located near the Lake Arena, was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind of New York and by Libeskind Architettura in Milan, which conceived it as an extension of the surrounding landscape. The musicality of its proportions, its sinuous geometry and the fluid movement between the inner and outer volume, create a journey through space and time.
The pavilion looks like a serpentine structure covered with ceramic tiles which recall the scales of a dragon.
Not by chance, in fact, it was chosen the image of the dragon to represent China in Expo 2015. Dragon is a symbol which, in Chinese collective imagination, recalls rural traditions, farming and self-sufficiency.
And "Shitang", the concept around which everything centers inside the pavilion - from the spiral structure to the theme of the internal exhibition - is a Chinese tradition related to sharing of food.4200 red glazed ceramic tiles give Vanke Pavilion an extremely scenographic aura inside the landscape of Expo 2015: it is a captivating pavilion, which makes of aesthetics its workhorse.
The exhibition is organized on two independent routes, from the inside towards the outside, and with a garden that is found on the roof. Visitors are immersed in a forest of poles, with screens which project scenes of lunches, joy, and sharing. The installation, based on the metaphor of roots, trunks and branches symbolizes Vanke’s commitment to the community, which lives among the mutual relationships of people, values and traditions.
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