Prestazioni / Service:
Cliente / Customer: Nüssli
Localizzazione / Location: Rho fiere, Milan
Cronologia / History: 2015
Progetto Architettonico / Architectural project: JAMES BIBER

United States of America Pavilion – Expo Milan 2015

The pavilion is designed as a contemporary and technologically advanced interpretation of a barn next to a vertical farm, accompanied by a wood footbridge with a number of food trucks, the symbol of the American street food.  It stands out for openness, transparency and accessibility, submerged in an attractive context with plenty of references to the American culture. The footbridge, which is made of timber from the seafront of Coney Island, climbs from the ground floor to the second floor, up to the main viewpoint, while hiding the underlying exhibition space. On the upper deck, there is a rooftop terrace with glass panels. The pivotal element of the structure is the motorized vertical farm whose area is equal to the size of a football pitch and takes up one whole side of the pavilion. Since it was designed as a vertical field with an educational value, the architects chose ZipGrow Towers, a system of farming technology designed by the American start-up Bright Agrotech in order to build over 2000 square metres of hydroponic façade. By using modules made of recycled water bottles, 42 varieties of plants will be cultivated with root balls, such as vegetables, fruit and cereals, irrigated by a drip system and picked every two weeks during the exposition.

In the scope of the intervention, it has taken on the following responsibilities and carried out the following activities:

  • Documents collection for the purposes of fire certification