The 2015 World Expo honored rice—one of the world’s most important and widely consumed food staples—with its own special structure: the Rice Cluster. Created in accordance to the Expo theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the Rice Cluster represents Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Sierra Leone. The angular structures are clad in reflective surfaces to amplify the appearance of the rice paddies and exhibits exploring the history and flavor of rice.
The Rice Cluster is one of nine Expo Clusters, each of which bring different countries together to design around a common theme or food group. Designed to evoke a vast rural landscape, the Rice Cluster is made up of a collection of angled mirrored buildings that reflect the small rice field installations. The Cluster also includes games, plasma screens, and informational signage to create an interactive and educational experience.
Exhibits inside the mirrored structures delve into the history of rice and its importance as a primary source of nourishment for civilizations around the world. The exhibits also explore the different varieties of rice and its diverse cultivation techniques. Colored banners differentiate the structures by country.
All photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat