In the design of the Vanke Pavilion, Daniel Libeskind was inspired by a series of influences, ranging from the ancient thinking of Confucius and Lao Tzu, to the Renaissance and contemporary art. In architectural terms, the sinuous geometry and sense of continuous indoor-outdoor flow accompany the visitor on a voyage in space and time, tradition, human values and relations. A unique space to celebrate and reflect on the history of civilization, technology and the 21st century.
The project by the studio of Daniel Libeskind, with interior design by Ralph Appelbaum and graphics by Han Jiaying, has a strong figurative impact that through the organic form of the parametric enclosure draws attention to key questions raised by the theme of Expo Milano 2015, through reinterpretation of a traditional Shitang: the Chinese dining room.
An element of appeal and reference for visitors to the Expo, the spectacular pavilion enclosure is entirely clad in 3D sheets of porcelain stoneware in an evocative lacquer red color. The hue is a special one formulated and developed for this project in the color lab of Casalgrande Padana. The ceramic material used for the Vanke Pavilion belongs to the Fractile series designed by Libeskind.
These sheets stand out for the particular solution applied for the surface layer, through special procedures and an original geometric bas-relief design that produces a dynamic three-dimensional effect, emphasized by a metallized finish. In the light, the ceramic material seems to dissolve and reassemble in multiple luminous reflections that add a sense of movement.