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Vanke Pavilion explores key issues related to the theme of the Expo Milano 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The concept for this structure incorporates three ideas drawn from Chinese culture related to food: the shi-tang (a tradition dining hall), the landscape and the dragon. It is situated on the southeast edge of the Lake Arena. The design features a sinuous geometrical pattern that flows between inside and outside. A grand staircase carves through the red serpentine form and guides to the upper level. The pavilion is clad in more than 4,000 red metalized tiles that Daniel Libeskind designed along with the Italian company Casalgrande Padana. The ceramic panels not only create an expressive pattern that is evocative of a dragon-like skin, but also possess highly sustainable self-cleaning and air purification properties.

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