The Thailand Pavilion was officially presented to the public on April 25 and 26 during "Participants’ Weekend” only a few days before the opening of Expo Milano 2015.
The theme underpinning Thailand’s participation, "Nourishing and delighting the world sustainably", is illustrated in the pavilion through four major thematic strands, while architect Smith Obayawat uses three key symbols in his design for the Thailand Pavilion and outdoor areas. The “ngob” is the traditional rice farmers’ hat, a typical element of farming culture which recalls the country’s identity. A symbol of the farmers’ wisdom and knowledge, the hat is reproduced in the shape of the central pavilion structure.
The main construction is accompanied by curved lines representing the “naga”, the protective spirit of springs, wells and rivers, bringer of rain and fertility, bringing water into the area. A floating market on these artificial waterways recalls that of the capital city, Bangkok, known as “the Venice of the Orient”, recreating the traditional atmosphere of a food festival at a temple fair, where traditional local street food is served. Lastly, the construction recalls three bases of pagodas overlapping to symbolise the coexistence of nature, farming and people.
Images courtesy of Thailand Pavilion