World Expo 2015

Thailand

Details

Location

Milan, Italy

 

Size Area

2,947 square meters.

 

Scope

Exhibition

 

Project Status

Completed 2015

Client

Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, The Kingdom of Thailand

Description

Located centrally on the Expo’s main avenue, the pavilion will be adjacent to a canal that will be used as a part of the exhibition, relating back to Bangkok’s informal title as the “Venice of Asia.”

The pavilion will emphasize the crucial aspect that water plays in Thai agriculture in a number of ways. A depiction of Naga, the legendary water snake from Thai mythology, will greet visitors at the beginning of the pavilion’s walkway. This walkway will take visitors across a rice field that has been planted in various stages of cultivation, displaying the foundation of agriculture in Thailand. 

The entrance to the pavilion itself is a large wood-frame replica of a ngob, the traditional hat worn by farmers and vendors in Thailand. The most prominent element of the pavilion, the ngob becomes a symbol of the country’s agricultural identity. The pavilion building proper will be framed by a brick wall modeled after the traditional walls of Thai temples. Sloped at the three different angles and clad in a reflective surface, the wall will reflect the rice fields of the pavilion, the visitors to the Expo, and the sky. In this way, the wall will represent the agriculture, nature, and people of Thailand.

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Credits

Design Principal

Smith Obayawat

Design Director

Waroon Limpchalerm

Architect in Charge

Francesc Domingo

Italian Architect

Marco Franz Vaccara

Design Team

Chris Singshinsuk,

Nattakit Jeerapatmaitree,

Khongphak Pansoongnern,

Natchaya Promsuwan,

Margot Therond,

Elodie Artieres

Structural, Mechanical

and Electrical Engineer

Meinhardt

Landscape Consultant

LANDPROCESS- Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Lead Consultant

Work and Right Joint Venture