Expo Milano 2015 is a thrilling round-the-world trip brimming with surprises. Every pavilion offers a journey through the culture, perfumes, colors and traditions of its people. Many countries have also organized special attractions, live shows, architecture, design, flavors… nature and science united in a single space designed to offer an exciting experience to enthusiastic visitors.
Are you heading to Expo 2015 in Milan? Here the not-to-missed pavilions. We featured our favorite photos of Expo on Instagram.
The Angolan Pavilion has a stylized African baobab tree at the center of its structure. It also features various green spaces where the country’s typical plants, vegetables and fruit can be seen growing.
Visitors pass through three giant glass spheres on various levels, representing three different biospheres. The first biosphere evokes landscape, the second represents the country’s nine climatic regions, and the third presents traditional cultures and innovation. Azerbaigian’s natural, agricultural and productive resources are displayed on three levels connected by escalators. At the center, a stylized mass of wooden slats represents a fallen tree. Belarus
The key symbol of this Pavilion is the wheel of life… a kind of watermill underneath which a display space with interactive monitors offers information on the country’s agricultural and technological progress. Frequent artistic performances and traditional folk music concerts will be staged. China
This is the first time that China take part in a Universal Exposition, and so its presence in the Expo Milano 2015 is an opportunity to display the marvels of a country rich in culture and tradition. China transmits its reflections on the theme of gratitude and respect for our planet, based on the concept that man is an integral part of nature. Its Pavilion demonstrates the country’s technological progress in the field of agriculture and indicates how in future it will be possible to offer healthy food for everyone. Visitors will discover the harvesting procedure based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, how to produce typical foodstuffs like tofu and extensive information on scientific progress which in future can boost food production, such as Professor Yuan Longping’s hybrid rice.
United Arab Emirates
Sinuous ramps, evoking desert sand-dunes, lead visitors to the heart of the Pavilion, where a film presentation called “Family Tree” is projected. Towards the end of this, visitors enter an interactive theatrical space where they are involved in concluding the story they have become part of. The visit finishes with another theme-related display, “The Secret Life of a Date Palm Tree”.
The Japanese pavilion contains 17 thousand pieces of wood assembled in such a way as to let sunlight pass between them. It has a restaurant with ten tables, each offering a virtual meal with explanations. Combining tradition with technology, the benefits of Japanese diet are explained throughout the Pavilion.
Iran’s Pavilion represents a tent billowing in the wind, with a ceiling covered in mirrors. Thus visitors walk through its wealth of plants which can also be seen as though mirrored in the sky. During the six months of Expo, various traditional performances will be staged.
The Italian Pavilion consists of nine different areas and attractions in various parts of the site. One of these – Palazzo Italia – displays a map of Europe from which Italy has been removed. A voice, preceded by a siren, asks what the world would be like without Italy, while projections show samples of the country’s artistic, cultural and gastronomic treasures, and discoveries, creations and inventions made by Italians through the centuries. Kuwait
The Pavilion’s architecture evokes the Kuwaiti Dhow, the triangular-sail boat still used in the Arabian Gulf. The lateral facades display examples of the greenhouse and hydroponic cultivation used in Kuwait.
The first section of the visitor’s itinerary illustrates the country’s features and climate. The second shows how scientific study and research have made it possible to create fertility in arid landscapes. In the last section, guests can immerge themselves in Kuwaiti culture. Malaysia
The Malaysian Pavilion has the form of four huge rain forest seeds scattered on the ground, housing one interior space. The exterior of the seeds is built using “Glulam”, an innovative glued laminated structural wood made from local sustainable materials. The fourth seed houses music, art and cultural attractions illustrating the spirit of Malaysia. Qatar
The Pavilion centers on a basket shape, evokes a souk, and offers impressive high-tech interactive information. United Kingdom
The visit is inspired by the concept of a bee’s journey, from an orchid to a flowery meadow and then returning to its hive, all accompanied by sounds and visuals recorded in a real hive in the UK. Russia
The Russian pavilion is a dynamic L-shaped structure, with a lightning motif, surging skywards. The pavilion tells the stories of some key Russian scientists of international renown whose work has contributed to the development of agriculture and food security, and highlights the role that Russia is playing in providing food for its own population and for the world.
The structure introduces visitors to Russia as they have never seen it before, with stunning cultural performances, an engaging business programme, the unique opportunity to meet the finest Russian chefs and, of course, the aromas and tastes of genuine Russian food and drink. Slovakia
A place for recharging: the relaxation area outside the Slovakia Pavilion – consisting of a cube of wooden slats with a waterfall that drives a watermill system – contains a series of beanbag chairs where smartphones and tablets can be recharged. Thailand
The Thai Pavilion takes its main inspiration from the traditional rice-gatherer’s hat, called a ‘ngob’. Every day, the Pavilion will stage various performance events: boxing combats, puppet shows, giant mask theatre and musical competitions. Turkey
The Turkish Pavilion echoes a stylized pomegranate (‘nar’) and among other things contains a garden with plane trees where Ottoman tea can be drunk, surrounded by stalls and market installations. Hungary
This Pavilion’s central section is inspired by Noah’s Ark, symbol of protecting biodiversity, while the two ends evoke shamanic drums, symbol of ancient connections between man and earth. Among many contents, a special high technology piano for musicians to try. Uruguay G13
The visitor’s itinerary begins in the Pavilion’s garden, where the public receives initial information about the country. Then comes a Sound Ramp, where sound is used to depict various aspects of Uruguay, from voices in the fields to the waves of the ocean, from wood-fire grills crackling to Carnival festivities.
Then comes a large hall where the visitor is surrounded by screens held up by robot arms, showing a specially commissioned short film evoking a dialogue between generations which is in turn a vehicle for relating the country’s traditional aspects to its modern developments, both equally present in glimpses of its landscapes.