Organisers of the 2015 Milan Expo have revealed drone footage of the vast site ahead of the opening of the World’s Fair later this year
The Expo, which will feature a British pavilion led by artist Wolfgang Buttress and BDP, is due to open on 1 May. The international fair willwelcome visitors for six months.
The drone footage shows pavilions from different nations in various states of construction including those of Israel, Germany, China, Chile, Austria and The Holy See.
Along with the individual country pavilions, the footage also shows where the specialist ‘zones’ will fit within the Expo, including the arid zones cluster, islands, see and food cluster, the cereals and tubers cluster, spices cluster and bio-Mediterranean cluster. The Expo theme is ‘Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life’ with designs focusing on food, lifestyle, technology and sustainability.
Nottingham-based sculptor and painter Buttress was chosen for the high-profile job of designing the £6million pavilion ahead of the likes of Amanda Levete, AHMM and Asif Khan following a contest organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants last May (see AJ 08.05.14).
The 2015 UK proposal ‘explores the life of the bee colony through an immersive sensory experience – a beautiful and profound encounter leaving visitors with a lasting flavour of the British landscape’.Visitors will walk through an orchard and a wildflower meadow before entering the hive, which will ‘pulsate, buzz and glow according to signals from a real hive’.
Among the designers involved in the project are specialist engineers Simmonds Studio, designers Joff + Ollie and fashion guru Paul Smith.