France goes green for the World Expo 2015
Designed by Paris-based studio XTU Architects, the competition-winning French pavilion structure is taking the Expo 2015 theme "feeding the Plant. Energy for life" literally.
"At the time of short-circuit retail, [the project] reinterprets the market model – once a place of exchange, tomorrow's market will be a place of production to be consumed on the spot," commented the design team on their unique concept.
The building takes its ridged structure from digital fabrication techniques, using cross-layers of timber and curved hollows to frame the interior spaces. Vegetables, herbs and hops will be planted between the timbers and the designers hope that the vines of the plants will grow up through the gaps in the lattice.
The structure will house an exhibition centered around France's food production, with a restaurant situated upstairs serving the vegetables grown on site using hydroponic processes and herbs planted on the structure's terrace.
"Below the horizontal roof, the Great Market presents itself as a 'reversed' and spectacular landscape that makes the buzz, a landscaped ceiling that evokes the French identity born from territories," said the studio.
Construction will start in May next year in time for the Expo's opening.