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Revealed: shortlist to design UK pavilion at Milan Expo

AHMM, Asif Khan and David Kohn are among the practices shortlisted in the contest to design the UK pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo

The eight teams shortlisted to design a ‘highly distinctive’ pavilion include bids from Amanda Levete’s firm AL_A with engineers AKTII and Grant Associates in collaboration Wilkinson Eyre.

The shortlist

  • AL_A with The Nature Conservancy, The Future Laboratory, Exposure, Gross.max, Woodroffe Bassett, AKT II and Max Fordham 
  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris with Scan Lab, Studio Myerscough, Richard Greenwood, Gillespies, Eckersley O’Callaghan and Atelier 10 
  • Asif Khan with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Josh Schowald, AKT II, Atelier Ten, AECOM, iart, iLUKA, Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Andrew Pimbly and The Skinny Bib 
  • Barber & Osgerby with Universal Design Studio, Imperial College, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum,  MAP, Gensler, Max Fordham, Arup, Lend Lease, Speirs and Major and B-Reel 
  • David Kohn Architects with Bompas & Parr, London Research Kitchen, Random International, Exploration Architecture, Max Fordham, Jane Wernick, Jonathan Cook Associated, Tristram Stuart/Feeding the 5000, Change performing arts, Nicola Twilley/Edible Geography and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council 
  • Grant Associates with Wilkinson Eyre, Seawater Greenhouse, Cornwall Food Foundation, Atelier One, Atelier Ten, Thomas Matthews, Sennep, Five Hate and Buro Four 
  • Paul Cocksedge Studio with GrowUP and Arup
  • Wolfgang Buttress Studio with Slow Food UK, Martin Dewey, Tristan Simmonds Studio, BDP, Clear Consultants, Professor Rudi Klein and Fleet River Music 

The pavilion, part of the 2015 Expo in Milan, will respond to the theme of ‘Feeding the World: Energy for Life’ and will focus on food, lifestyle, technology and sustainability.

Project director Hannah Corbett, said: ‘Feeding the planet is a global challenge for both the developed and emerging world and the UK has a powerful story to tell about how we are generating world-leading breakthroughs in agri-tech, plant science, animal health as well as food and drink.

‘The Milan Expo will be a unique opportunity for the UK to demonstrate our world class innovation and creativity to millions of people around the globe.

‘I have been impressed by the number of companies who applied and am delighted that the final list represents such a diverse cross-section of British talent.’

Competition organiser Malcolm Reading, added: ‘The shortlist represents an inspiring mix of creative skills, combining design, content and interpretation and spanning a number of professional fields from architecture and music to agri-business, via engineering and story-telling.

‘The collaborative approach rises to the challenge of making a memorable pavilion for Milan and our shortlist has great talent and energy.’

The six month-long Expo in Italy is expected to attract more than 20 million visitors. The first Expo was held in London in 1851, and the 1889 event held in Paris resulted in the construction of the Eiffel Tower.

The £25 million UK pavilion for the Expo 2010 held in China, was designed by Thomas Heatherwick. Heatherwick beat Avery Associates, Draw Architects, John McAslan and Partners, Marks Barfield, and Zaha Hadid Architects to win the design competition for the structure.

The teams now have until mid-April to develop concept designs to present to the competition jury. 

A winner is expected to be announced in May.

Previous story (AJ 17.12.13)

Designers wanted for Expo 2015 UK pavilion

A contest to design a ‘highly distinctive’ UK pavilion design for the 2015 Milan Expo is set to launch in January 2014

The pavilion, part of the 2015 Expo in Milan will respond to the theme of ‘Feeding the World: Energy for Life’ and will focus on food, lifestyle, technology and sustainability.

Malcolm Reading, the organiser of the two-stage competition, said: ‘We are delighted to have been selected to find the team who will make Expo 2015 as memorable as Expo 2010 for the UK.

‘Five years on from Shanghai, Expo 2015 in Milan is another terrific opportunity to show the world what makes our design and creative teams the best in class. The challenge is different but the impact will be just as compelling. We are looking for strong collaborations and skilful design leadership.’

The £25 million UK pavilion for the Expo 2010 held in China, was designed by Thomas Heatherwick. Heatherwick beat Avery Associates, Draw Architects, John McAslan and Partners, Marks Barfield, and Zaha Hadid Architects to win the design competition for the structure.

The first Expo was held in London in 1851, and the 1889 event held in Paris resulted in the construction of the Eiffel Tower.

A winner will be selected in May 2014.

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