Nicole Jewell

Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

by , 07/31/14

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To showcase the event’s 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will use a hydroponic growing system to feed the various crops. The architects are working with landscape architects to decide on what type of edible fruits and veggies will work on the wall, but it looks like they’re creating a home for even the most fickle crops. A rain water irrigation system will also be installed and the wall’s mounting system will be equipped with rotating panels that can be moved to absorb the optimal amount of sunlight throughout the day.

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Inside the structure, the pavilion will feature “food truck” kiosks that will serve local foods from the different U.S. regions in an attempt to showcase the country’s culinary diversity. Additionally, the U.S. pavilion will have numerous talks and round-table discussions on the many issues surrounding sustainability, agriculture and technology.

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In addition to the pavilion’s star garden feature, the structure will be modeled as an open farm layout on the interior. Built with recyclable steel framing and a composite wood floor that will be chipped for reuse, the structure is highly adaptable. The roof will be installed with ultra-thin solar panels and photochromatic glass. In order to cool the building without the use of air-conditioning, large fans will be strategically placed around the interior and may include a misting system.


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Referred to by the architects as a “didactic wall,” the immense green garden is designed to not only produce edible crops through sustainable means, but to herald the future of American agriculture. According to the organizers, the pavilion will “use state-of-the-art digital media and interactive technology, the first ever truly global, social-media-integrated USA Pavilion will highlight American industry, talent, products, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship within the context of sustainability, health, consumption, technology, and innovation.”

The U.S. pavilion, which is being sponsored by the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center, will be on display for the duration of the event, May 1 to October 31, 2015 and has already received much attention from the likes of President Obama and VP Joe Biden.

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