UK pavilion wins Milan Expo architecture award

The United Kingdom’s beehive pavilion for Expo 2015 has won the award entitled “Le Architetture dei Padiglioni di Expo Milano 2015”, promoted by IN/ARCH, ANCE, CNAPPC, Federcostruzioni and OICE, coordinated and supported by PPAN communications and networking for constructions.

According to the panel of judges, this pavilion – designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress and the BDP architectural firm, and built by Stage One – is the construction which has most effectively interpreted the Expo theme by offering visitors an interesting play of light and sound to reproduce an actual beehive that is being monitored constantly by Nottingham Trent University. The huge hive is similar to an enormous sculpture designed in such a way as to be easily assembled, taken down and transported elsewhere once the Expo event is over.

The Jury has also assigned three Honourable Mentions to the Pavilions of Brazil, Chile and Morocco which, with different interpretations and effects, have demonstrated their exemplary approach to the theme.  Within the limits of the brief, these pavilions have put the accent on architectural quality and constructive clarity, as being the underlying elements of their design choices.

Aside from the actual competition, the jury chose to mention the theme pavilions dubbed Clusters – relating to the production of rice, coffee, spices etc. – hosting smaller countries which otherwise would not have been able to take part in the Universal Exposition with a self-built construction.

The web platform for registering the public’s choices will remain open until 20 October. The final event, consisting in an award-giving ceremony, will take place on 31 October.