The Kingdom of Bahrain takes part in Expo Milano 2015 with its own pavilion, titled Archaeologies of Greenery, a reflection on the unique agrarian and archaeological heritage of the country.
The Pavilion has been conceived as a continuous landscape of orchards, one for each of the main fruit trees native to Bahrain. Separated by closed spaces, the orchards narrate a rich agrarian legacy of the archipelago and constitute the principal part of the Pavilion. The spaces also include a reception area, a zone for exhibitions, and a cafe that will delight visitors with local Bahrain cuisine.
Designed by the Dutch architect Anne Holtrop in collaboration with the landscape architect Anouk Vogel, and made with white prefabricated concrete panels, it is a structure that can be dismantled and set up elsewhere. At the end of the Expo it will be transported to Bahrain to become a botanical garden, created with the aim of familiarizing the local and international public with the agricultural legacy of the archipelago.
The joints that connect the parts of the structure reflect typical forms found in the archaeology of Bahrain. The Ministry of Culture and collaborators wanted a pavilion that would convey a refined, fascinating image of the cultural heritage of the country. In definitive terms, a composite, realistic portrait of the agricultural landscape, analyzing the efforts made to face challenges connected with water supply, lack of arable land, and nutritional safety and security.