Architecture firm Loguer Design recently unveiled plans for the Mexican pavilion that will be constructed at the upcoming 2015 Milan World Expo. Winner of a national competition, the pavilion mimics the shape of overlapping dried corn husks, paying homage to one of the most important food staples in Mexico as well as the 2015 Expo’s theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”
Domesticated some 8,000 years ago in the Mexican region, corn plays a significant cultural, social, and economic role for Mexico. The corn husk-like facade that wraps around the pavilion’s exterior thus serves a symbolic role, but also helps to filter in daylight and protect the interior from the harsh sun. Each piece of the curved PVC membrane will be lightweight and prefabricated for easy installation and will be attached to the main structural body via fasteners.
The interior of the pavilion comprises a lush small-scale replica of the sustainable irrigation system used in the Mexican basin during the rule of King Nezahualcoyotl (1429 – 1472). Developed to tread lightly on the earth, the ancient farming methods relied mostly on gravity and land contouring to divert pure spring water from the mountains down to the fields and lakes. A system of ramps will lead visitors around the various indoor gardens, water features, and museum spaces. The pavilion will also consist of an entrance plaza, central courtyard, and restaurant area.
Via ArchDaily MX
Images via Loguer Design