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Libeskind to design Chinese pavilion

Starchitect Daniel Libeskind is to design a pavilion for property giant China Vanke at the Milan Expo in 2015

The developer plans to create a Shitang, or traditional social dining hall, in Milan to display a snapshot of life in contemporary China.

Studio Daniel Libeskind said the pavilion would provide dining spaces for eating in a healthy and affordable way, and sharing opinions and projects.

‘In this way, the company will share with all visitors, both real and virtual, a typical aspect of Chinese culture, providing a physical space in which it will be possible to know and experience Shitang universe,’ said a statement.

The pavillon will be designed by the architect’s New York and Milan studios.

The practice is also working with China Vanke on the Zhang Zhidong and Modern Industrial Museum in Wuhan, China.

The 7,200 m² museum, which will be completed at the end of 2014, is a privately-funded, cultural development.

Each of the three floors of the museum has its own theme: 19th Century leader Zhang Zhidong; industry; and the city of Wuhan.

The museum floors look toward the garden, which is composed of radiating lines and rings designed to connect past and future.

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