Built on a rectangular plot of 2,370 square meters, the Polish boxed building is the 2015 Expo’s fourth biggest pavilion. Its humble but evocative patterned exterior is a good magnet for visitors to explore Poland’s latest achievements in the agri-food sector, considered to be the country’s specialty.
But why apple crates? As one can easily learn, Poland is the European leader in apple production and the third greatest apple producer worldwide. The wooden packaging boxes commonly used for fruits and vegetables, and showcased here directly as the building cladding, references Poland’s achievements and records in the fruit’s production, safety and quality.
Besides the striking wooden facade, the pavilion offers an extraordinary interior experience too. Visitors, brought directly to the roof level through a tall and narrow entrance aperture, end up in an unforeseen bucolic open air orchard inspired by Mehoffer’s painting “Weird Garden”. Surrounded by mirrors on all four sides, this lush green plot appears visibly infinite. In this creative way the Warsaw architects have triggered associations with Polish agriculture, showcased a characteristic Polish landscape, and, at the same moment, reveals the country’s attitude toward sustainability issues, organic farming, food processing, biotechnology and environmental protection.
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After the symbolic secret garden, visitors are led through a sequence of edifying rooms, a narrative on Poland’s food heritage. The 1,400 sq.m of exhibition space includes halls with multimedia installations, interactive playgrounds, a cinema, a shop and a restaurant.
This is the sixth time Poland is participating in a Universal Exposition. And since 2000, the country really counts among the most significant and attractive Expo participants, above all thanks to the original design and architectural and construction technology. Indeed, Poland brings home stellar statistics on the pavilion’s attendance, good appreciation ratings and numerous awards. So let’s see if this year’s Polish pavilion, with its rustic architectural concept selected from the 59 competition entries, will see an rise in visitors and gain more international recognition. So far, it’s doing really well.
Images via Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat
Thank you for interesting article. I was on site and have to tell that none of the crates has been ever used or utilized to transport apples or any other vegetables. The crates are new. Poland is not the only country which utilized EXPO to present sustainability, where is none. Over 90% of the transportation crates are used just for one trip and are being destroyed afterwards. Almost all of them are rated as One Way packaging and ends up on a landfill in neighboure countries