China Pavilion 2015
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Project Name: China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015
Award: First Prize
Client: China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
Organizer: Expo Milano 2015
Architect: Tsinghua University & Studio Link-Arc
Chief Architect: Yichen Lu (Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc)
Associate In Charge: Kenneth Namkung, Qinwen Cai, Ching-Tsung Huang (Studio Link-Arc)
Project Team:  Mario Bastianelli, Alban Denic, Ivi Diamantopoulou,  Shuning Fan, Zachary Grzybowski, Elvira Hoxha, Dongyul Kim, Hyunjoo Lee, Aymar Mariño-Maza (Studio Link-Arc)
Architect and Engineer of Record: F&M Ingegneria
Structural Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Enclosure Engineer: Elite Facade Consultants + ATLV
MEP Engineer: Beijing Qingshang Environmental Art & Architectural Design
Design Director: Dan Su, Yue Zhang (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
Design Coordinator: Yi Du (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
Exhibition Design: Yanyang Zhou, Danqing Shi (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
Landscape Design: Xiaosheng Cui (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
Interior Design: Jiansong Wang (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
Installation Design: Danqing Shi, Feng Xian (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
Lighting Design: Yi Du (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)
Visual Identity Design: Xin Gu (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University)


China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015

Rejecting the typical notion of a cultural pavilion as an object in a plaza, the China Pavilion is instead conceived as a field of spaces. Envisioned as a cloud hovering over a “land of hope”, the Pavilion is experienced as a series of public programs located beneath a floating roof, the unique design of which creates an iconic image for the project and a unique presence within the Expo grounds.

Posted 5 October 2014

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The theme for the China Pavilion is “The Land of Hope”. The project embodies this through its undulating roof form, derived by merging the profile of a city skyline on the building’s north side with the profile of a landscape on the south side, expressing the idea that “hope” can be realized when city and nature exist in harmony. 

Roof China Pavilion 2015
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Roof China Pavilion 2015
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Conceived as a timber structure that references the “raised-beam” system found in traditional Chinese architecture, the Pavilion roof also uses modern technology to create long spans appropriate to the building’s public nature. The roof is covered in shingled panels that reference traditional pottery roof construction, but are reinterpreted as large bamboo leaves that enhance the roof profile while shading the public spaces below. Designed as layered screens, these panels add texture and depth to the Pavilion’s roof and create evocative light and transparency effects below.
Beneath the roof, the building’s ground plane is defined by a landscape of wheat (the “land of hope”) that references China’s agrarian past. This natural landscape transitions seamlessly into an LED multimedia installation in the center that forms the centerpiece of the building’s exhibition program. 

The Pavilion’s full exhibition and cultural offerings are experienced as a sequence of spaces, beginning with an exterior waiting area in the landscape, leading to a themed exhibition space with interactive installations and cultural offerings from different Chinese provinces. After this, visitors are guided up a gently sloped public stair to a panoramic viewing platform above the multimedia installation, after which they are guided into a multimedia space featuring a short film focusing on family reunions during China’s annual Spring Festival. This sequence concludes with visitors stepping outside the building onto a platform above the bamboo roof that enjoys expansive views of the Expo grounds.

China Pavilion 2015
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Architect Yichen Lu
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Studio Link-Arc was founded in 2011 by Yichen Lu in New York City. Prior to focusing on Studio Link-Arc, Yichen Lu was a project manager at Steven Holl Architects, where he was in charge of the firm’s many-award winning projects in China. Yichen Lu is also an associate professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
In 2011, Yichen Lu was nominated as one of the 10 emerging young Chinese architects to provide an urban strategy proposal for the 2011 Chengdu Biennale. Between 2008 and 2010 he worked as a project architect at Gehry Partners, LLP in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for the design of a series of projects, including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Yichen Lu received a B.A. degree from Tsinghua University, and an M.Arch. Degree from the Yale School of Architecture, He was the first prize winner of the Ikuo Hirayama Scholarship in 1999, and received the 2007 Robert Allen Ward Scholarship Award at the Yale School of Architecture. His project, 'Planless House at Manhattan' was awarded first prize of the 2006 International ‘Shinkenchiku’ Residential Design Competition. In 2008 he was nominated for H.I. Feldman Prize in Frank O. Gehry’s Advanced Studio at the Yale University School of Architecture.
He is currently serving as chief architect for the China Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, on behalf of Tsinghua University. The pavilion will be completed in 2015.

Model China Pavilion 2015
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Diagram China Pavilion 2015
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Drawing China Pavilion 2015
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Based in New York City, Studio Link-Arc, LLC is an international team of architects and designers that collaborates across disciplines in order to work in the fields of urbanism, architecture, exhibition design and digital environments while understanding the challenges unique to our time. Our name, Link-Arc, refers to the practice’s collaborative nature as well as the company’s mission, which aims to link knowledge, resources, and intelligence worldwide. We reimagine architecture to assert its relevance in an increasingly dynamic and global world, one in which boundaries between disciplines, cultures, and countries are rapidly dissolving.  

Rather than applying a single design philosophy to all of our commissions, we approach each project from a critical perspective, which allows us to work appropriately at every scale. Our body of work includes: installations, architecture, landscape design, and urban planning, with unique, yet related, methodologies applied to each. Our fifteen-person staff hails from eight countries and four continents; each team member brings a unique perspective on architecture and life, and actively contributes to our firm’s exploratory atmosphere.

Studio Link-Arc’s current work includes: the China Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, a private clubhouse and gallery in Shenzhen, the second phase of a previously completed master plan in Guangdong, and a European furniture installation and exhibition. 

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