The design for the US pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 has been unveiled, created by New York-based studio Biber Architects, presenting a barn-inspired structure.
Called the “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet”, the pavilion focuses on a farm-to-table food model as well as sustainable production.
The pavilion opens up to a boardwalk made from recycled wood, it extends on to the second floor and serves as a pathway for a self-guided tour as well as hiding an exhibition space located below.
The top floor of the pavilion presents a rooftop terrace containing energy-generated panels and a translucent floor.
A vertical farm stretches alongside the pavilion, using hydroponics for the growth of crops, watered using a rainwater system.
A press release issued by the firm said the wall is a “didactic display talking about the past, present and future of the American farm and the American diet”.
The façades of the pavilion are either transparent or perforated, with photovoltaic panels used to generate energy.
The pavilion will also feature food trucks representing the diverse street food culture in the US, which is also one of the key components of the pavilion.