A giant corn on the cob has popped up in Italy, but it's probably not very tasty. Logeur Design conceived Mexico's pavilion for the Milan Expo to symbolize key aspects of the country's deep cultural history, and central to this, of course, is corn. Designed to have a lightweight environmental footprint and to be easily disassembled, the pavilion boasts a variety of green building techniques, and a plethora of food and relics one might find in Mexico. Inhabitat is live on the scene and craving a green corn tamale
The facade of the 1,901 square-meter Mexican pavilion resembles a series of overlapping corn husks that provide shade while also streaming natural light into the interior. The husks are comprised of a curved PVC membrane linked to the core structure with fasteners. A series of slightly elevated ramps guide visitors throughout the interior, where a kaleidoscopic collection of Mexican produce and goods is on display, including beautiful windmills and flower arrangements.
Also on display is a replica of an ancient Mexican system that relied on gravity to deliver mountain runoff to crops, a fantastic example of sustainable water management. The Mexican pavilion has a lively exterior setup with tranquil water features that provide visitors the opportunity to relax and even enjoy a meal and beverages. And after running around photographing all of these amazing pavilions, I wouldn’t mind a margarita.
“In joining Expo Milano 2015, Mexico seeks to show visitors the wealth of its natural resources and biodiversity, and its commitment to finding solutions for a world free from hunger, malnutrition and unsustainable food production practices,” according to their brief on the Milan Expo website.
“It also seeks to present its contribution to the global production of a large number of foods with healing properties.”
All photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat