Mexico Pavilion, Milan Expo 2015, green design, sustainable design, green architecture, italy, photos, mexican food, natural light, shade, prefabricated, recyclable, gastronomy, culture, history

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.

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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.

Mexico Pavilion, Milan Expo 2015, green design, sustainable design, green architecture, italy, photos, mexican food, natural light, shade, prefabricated, recyclable, gastronomy, culture, history

“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.”

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All photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat