The design team working on the Russian national pavilion for this year’s World Expo in Milan decided to celebrate Eastern European engineering by creating a huge floating canopy made from sustainably sourced timber and glass. Led by Russian architect Sergei Tchoban of SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov, the team designed the 30-meter-long cantilever as the highest point of the structure and a dominant element meant to draw visitors inside the pavilion.
The designers found inspiration in classic Soviet architecture, as well as the country’s past pavilions, and paired that with sustainable materials meant to act as a memorable structure that evokes Russia’s vast expanses and forests. The national spirit is conveyed through the rhythmic use of wooden elements that reference the country’s rugged landscapes.
Visitors will be welcomed by the main exhibition located on the ground floor, and will have the opportunity to ascend to the pavilion’s rooftop gardens. The entire building covers an area of 4,000 square meters and will be one of 145 national representatives at this year’s Expo, for which the theme is: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.