Construction is already under way on the Milan Expo pavilion 'Shitang', designed by Daniel Libeskind for China's largest property developer, Vanke.
The large, reptilian-like structure has a twisted form, intended to create a “continuous flow” from the exterior space into the exhibit area.
A staircase wraps around the pavilion’s scaly outer skin, providing access to a rooftop terrace and views of the surrounding expo park.
Inside, a ‘virtual forest’ installation conceived by Ralph Appelbaum features around 300 multimedia screens, offering a look at the role of the dinner table in Chinese communities.
The Shitang (table, in Chinese) concept is a response to the 2015 Expo theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ and is said to be a reflection of Vanke’s view of urbanisation and community through the experience of food.