France is known for its fabulous food markets, so it is no surprise that the focus of the country's 2015 World Expo pavilion is centered on creating sustainable community centers for agriculture. The concept was conceived by X-TU Architects to address the Expo's theme of "Feeding the Planet. Energy for life." by creating a market hall design out of crisscrossed layers of timber. Food vines grow in between the gaps in the lattice and cultivated fields lead visitors inside where a restaurant serves food grown at the pavilion. Inhabitat is on the scene with live coverage of the event, so click on for all the details.
The interior of the structure is meant to create an inverted vision of the rolling hills of the French countryside and the overall domed structure represents the traditional French market. In addition to a restaurant, the pavilion hosts a pastry shop, performance space and learning space, all with the goal of educating the world on creating not just more food, but also better quality food.
Outside, a series of cultivated fields leads visitors to the entrance of the pavilion, and the fields hold about 60 different plant species. At the end of the exhibition, the pavilion will host a hops harvest to collect the flowers grown during the Expo.
The pavilion was built with sustainability in mind out of timber that can be disassembled and reused after the Expo. The structure is cooled via natural ventilation, and waste recycling and reducing energy consumption was an important part of the design.
Images via Mike Chino for Inhabitat