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    Daniel Libeskind designs a twisted Milan Expo pavilion with a scaly outer skin

    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. 

    Courtesy Dezeen

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