Daniel Libeskind has designed the pavilion for Chinese property company Vanke which will be on show at Milan for its Expo 2015.
Vanke’s participation in the food-themed world fair marks the first time in the 163 years the event has been staged that that a Chinese company has put on a pavilion of its own.
For the structure of the pavilion, Libeskind was influenced by Confucius, the Italian Renaissance and contemporary art.
The interior of the building will include screens showing a history of Chinese culture.
Vanke chairman Wang Shi said the pavilion is intended to express community through the experience of food.
He said: “Food is one of the most effective ways to understand a culture – the ritual of eating and talking together is important in every community.”