- Livegreenblog Milan Expo 2015 at the Russian pavilion
Along the main east-west road of the Milan Expo 2015 site, the pavilion of the Russian Federation with its iconic, cantilevered roof stands out like a large Noah's Ark.
The building was designed by SPEECH architecture studio, led by Sergei Tchoban, known to our readers for his projects in Berlin, St. Petersburg and fora “Sergei Tchoban, Realtà e Fantasia - Cartoline dall'Italia” (Sergei Tchoban, Reality and Fantasy: Postcards from Italy). This exhibition is showing more than 50 of his sketches, and is open in SpazioFMG gallery showroom of Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti in Milan until 11 September. The Russian pavilion is a fine showcase for Russia's huge farm and food resources.
The pavilion welcomes visitors under its huge iconic roof and takes them on a discovery tour of the country that is home to 10% of the arable land on our planet. Some of the contributions celebrating Russian scientists include the very striking mural reproducing Mendeleev's periodic table, or the herbarium located in the first room. In this pavilion you can also learn lots about Russia's different culinary (with food tasting) traditions, as well as finding out all about its water reserves and arable land. Indeed, it gives visitors an all-round glimpse of this country's potential contribution to the future of our planet.
The green rooftop terrace with fantastic views over the Expo zone completes the pavilion's architectural project. It gives you the idea of wanting to boldly drive us towards a possibly greener and more sustainable world, where the contribution of each nation and its diversity are fundamental for our survival.
Project: Speech Sergey Tchoban, Alexey Ilyin and Marina Kuznetskaya
Location: Expo Milano 2015, Italy
Photography: © Gianluca Giordano