New York-based Biber Architects has broken ground on the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, which runs next May through October. The barn-inspired installation — called “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet” and design in response to the fair’s food theme — is defined by its openness, transparency, accessibility, and reference to American culture.
“The pavilion itself is a scaffolding for ideas, a rethinking of the nature of the expo pavilion and of America as a force in the food world,” James Biber, founder and principal of Biber Architects, said in a statement.
Running the length of one side of the pavilion, a floating vertical farm serves as the main architectural feature. Harvestable crops, sustained by a rainwater irrigation system, will be set into panels that track the motion of the sun. Biber calls the wall a “didactic display talking about the past, present, and future of the American farm and the American diet.” The other side of the pavilion references the American flag in a perforated metal structure in rusted, galvanized, and blued steel.
A walkway made of recycled lumber from America’s boardwalks greets visitors at the main pedestrian entrance and leads to the second floor. The pavilion’s top floor will house a terrace featuring dimmable glass shade and energy-generating panels and a translucent floor. Additionally, a series of rotating food trucks will showcase America’s street-save document food culture.